60% Ghanaians trust EC for fair polls

Sixty per cent of Ghanaians have expressed satisfaction with the Electoral Commission’s (EC) effort to render a credible presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

Additionally, 93 per cent of voters confirmed being on the electoral roll, are confident the state security agencies would crack down on any electoral violence.

This is contained in a pre-electoral survey, report by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana.  The  survey, was to assess the performance of the EC in the limited voter registration exercise and to determine the prevailing political atmosphere leading up to the December 7 elections.

Presenting findings, Dr. Edem Selormey, Senior Research Fellow, CDD Ghana said the survey, conducted in all 10 regions revealed that there was a high level of awareness about the 2016 elections among the Ghanaian public, with knowledge of polling station locations and other voting processes.

She attributed this electoral gain to an increase in media outlets including government and private owned radio stations, television stations and print media across the country serving as main sources of information for the electorate.

Despite the EC implementing reforms to ensure free and fair elections, Dr. Selormey noted that 46 per cent of the survey respondents were concerned about the EC announcing the wrong vote tally.

On vote buying, the survey revealed that the two major political parties in the country were heavily involved, with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) recording 51 per cent and New Patriotic Party (NPP) accounting for 32 per cent of the total respondents.

Mr. Daniel Armah-Attoh, also a Senior Research Fellow of the organisation allayed the fears of Ghanaians of a possible violent-filled election as the survey suggested the electorate were more concerned about a flawed electoral system that could disrupt the voting process.

He called on the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) to step up public education on the electoral process to ensure a successful voting process.

By Claude Nyarko Adams and Alimatu Quaye     

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