The Electoral Commission (EC) has cautioned the public to ignore any persons or group of persons that come round to collect their voter’s ID cards and should report such persons to the nearest EC office or police station.
Michael Boadu, an official of the EC who gave the caution indicated that even though the EC had made provisions for people whose ID cards were missing but could be identified by the biometric machine to cast their vote, it was important for people to keep their cards.
He said the ID cards were for voting purposes and it was illegal for some people’s cards to be in the possession of others and called on the public to be alert and report such persons to be dealt with.
Mr. Boadu was reacting to complaints made by some aspiring assemblywomen in the Eastern Region, that they had received complaints from their electoral areas that people were going round collecting their voter’s card to transact business on their behalf for loan facilities.
Others also disclosed that people were going round collecting the cards in the rural communities with the excuse that, there were mistakes on the voter’s card that needed to be corrected before the upcoming district and unit committee elections.
The occasion was at a sensitisation workshop organised by the EC in Koforidua, for selected women, contesting in the district assembly elections, in the Eastern Region. They were taken through the features of the elections, role and responsibility of the aspirants and the penalties, and punishments involved in breaches of the law regulating the elections.
Mr Dogbe Selormey, the Regional Director of the EC, urged the women not to be intimidated by the huge number of men contesting in the region, adding that the EC had women and people with disability unit to support them.
He called on the women to educate their members and the electoral area on the dos and don’ts of the election to ensure a smooth process.