EC sensitises journalists on election procedures

•   Ms. Charlotte Osei — EC boss

• Ms. Charlotte Osei — EC boss

The Electoral Commission (EC), has announced that people who wish to challenge the eligibility of voters should do so during the period of the limited registration exercise and the voters’ register exhibition.

It said nobody would be allowed to challenge the eligibility of any voter at the polling station on election day.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Commission in charge of Finance and Administration, Georgina Opoku Amankwah asserted yesterday during a capacity workshop for journalists and media practitioners in election reportage in Accra.

She explained that there was no law that made it compulsory for people to check their names during the exhibition of the register therefore those who fail to do so would still have their names in the register.

The event was organised by the EC with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It had the theme, ‘Enhancing inclusiveness in Ghana’s electoral process,” and is aimed at briefing journalists on the commission’s activities for the November general elections.

As part of the programme, the media were taken through the Constitutional Instrument 91, which guide public elections and the processes a person has to go through before he or she can register to take part in national elections.

Mrs. Amankwah appealed to families who have lost their relatives to report to the commission to enable it delete such names from the  register.

On the issue of auditing of the register, she said the V.C.R.C. Committee did not recommend validation of some political parties and pressure groups claimed.

She said the committee rather recommended an extended exhibition period to enable registered voters to check their names in the register.

According to Mrs. Amankwah, journalists would be allowed to take part in the special voting exercise to enable them monitor the elections.

She said the EC would collaborate with the Ghana Journalists Association to obtain the names of journalists who would take part in the exercise, stressing the Legal Committee of the EC was working to amend Constitution  Instrument 75 to that effect.

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