127,394 for special voting today

Mrs Charlotte Osei,EC boss...

Mrs Charlotte Osei,EC boss…

The special voting exercise for journalists, security personnel and officials of the Electoral Commission will be held today, across the country.
In all, about 127, 394 people are expected to cast their votes at 275 centres designated as polling stations in 275 constituencies.
According to the Greater Accra Regional Director of the EC, Mr. George Amoah, 38 centres had been designated as polling stations for the Greater Accra Region.
The Western Region has 25 centres, 19 for Central, 11 for Upper West, 13 for Upper East, 26 for Northern, 27 for Brong Ahafo, 39 for Ashanti and 26 for Eastern Region

The Deputy Chairman of EC in charge of Operations, Alhaji Amadu Sulley, last Friday, at an Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting in Accra, said all was set for the elections following the distribution of electoral materials to all the regional and district offices.
He explained that the number of people on the special voters list had increased from 114, 813 to the current number (127,394) as a result of the new recruitment of police and staff of the EC.
According to him, the Commission required more staff as a result of the creation of more polling stations from the existing 27,000 to 29,000.
Making a reference to C.I. 94, he said the law governing elections in the country stated that “the Returning Officer shall at the end of the special voting, ensure that the ballot boxes used in the special election are kept in safe custody after the poll has closed”.
The officer is also to ensure that the ballot boxes are sealed with the seals of the EC and any candidates or party who wish to add their seal.
“The EC also arranges for the ballot boxes to be opened at the time of the counting of the votes cast on the polling day and the ballot papers shall be counted in the same manner as those contained in the ballot boxes used on the main polling day,” he added.
According to him, the votes will be counted and declared together with the votes from the general elections as directed by the Supreme Court in a matter brought before it by an outspoken member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Kwame Amoako-Tuffuor.
He dragged the EC to the Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the commission to announce results of special voting on the same day it is held.
However, the Supreme Court dismissed the application, stressing that votes cast in the special voting exercise will be counted along with the ballots cast on Election Day, December 7.


By Charles Amankwa

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