On Thursday, a total of 127,394 electorate are going to cast their votes in  a special voting, to kick start the 2016 general elections.

This group of people, who would cast ballot ahead of the actual voting day of December 7, because they would be engaged in various activities on election day, include security personnel, journalists and officials of the Electoral Commission (EC).

On December 7, the security personnel are going to provide security while EC officials are going to man the polling stations across the country. Journalists, would be expected to report on the elections.

What the special voting exercise on Thursday means is that all is set for the 2016 general elections to elect a president and parliamentarians.

It also underscores the fact that as a country, we have cleared all hurdles, and all parties and stakeholders are in agreement with all the major arrangements for the polls.

Every keen follower of the process leading to the election would admit that it has not been an easy road.

The preparations have been tough and we must all tap ourselves on the back for coming this far with the preparations.

Indeed, when that is done and all Ghanaians are satisfied with the trend of events, it would give us a fair idea as to how the general election would be conducted on December 7.

The Times hopes that the election on Thursday would be conducted orderly and peacefully.

We also anticipate that the EC would live up to expectation by providing all the materials and equipment required for a smooth election.

A hitch-free voting process would further boost the confidence of the EC and enhance public confidence in the electoral process.

So far, information available to us indicates that the EC has prepared adequately to conduct both the special voting and general elections.

What is required now is the participation of the eligible voters in an orderly manner to ensure successful conduct of the polls.

It is, therefore, important that all voters obey the electoral laws and participate in either the special voting on December 1 or 7.

If the EC conducts the election in a fair, free and transparent manner, and the electorate observes the electoral laws, the results would be acceptable to all.

No one would dispute the results and Ghana would be the winner.

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