EC begins printing ballot papers

SONY DSCThe Electoral Commission (EC) has started printing ballot papers for this year’s presidential election, scheduled for December 7.

The Commission is also expected to issue the notice of poll for the presidential election soon, to be dispatched to the regions in the country.

The Deputy Head of Communications of EC, Mr. Yussif Ayuba, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, said the ballot papers would be kept by the police until the election day, when it would be distributed to the various polling stations.

The Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 94) governing the conduct of the 2016 elections, states that the notice of poll must be issued not less than 30 days before the election.

The notice of poll is a poster that has the pictures of the various candidates showing their positions, party symbols and colours as well as a place for thumbprinting.

It is a dummy of the ballot paper, which is displayed for the purposes of public education.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ayuba has said the notice for parliamentary election had already been dispatched to the regions.

Last week, the EC gave the parliamentary election notice of poll but delayed with that for the presidential election, because the EC had legal issues to settle with the presidential candidates.

The Commission balloted for presidential candidates last week Thursday, after the Supreme Court ordered it to allow disqualified candidates to correct errors on their nomination forms and to extend the period for the receipt of nomination to the close of day Tuesday, November 8.

The extension was to enable disqualified presidential hopefuls to correct errors on their nomination forms.

 

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour

 

 

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