EC: We’re ready for the polls

Mrs. Charlotte Osei EC Boss..

Mrs. Charlotte Osei EC Boss..

The Electoral Commission (EC) says all is set for today’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

It said electoral materials including 70,709 biometric verification devices (BVDs), ballot papers and boxes have been dispatched to all the 29, 000 polling stations for the smooth running of the exercise.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra yesterday, the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, said the commission had deployed 148 election officials, returning officers and polling assistants to conduct the polls and manage the collation centres.

She said her outfit was also receiving support from 64,000 security personnel to ensure peace, as about 15.71 million voters were expected to exercise their franchise without fear and intimidation.

“We have again accredited about 12,400 international and local observers, including the Commonwealth, Africa Union, ECOWAS and EU Observer Missions, as well as the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers to help monitor the polls,” she said.

According to her,, the commission had also deployed four technicians at the District Offices to respond rapidly to challenges that might confront each of the two BVDs distributed to polling stations across the country, while 20 technicians had been stationed at the Operation Centre at the Headquarters in Accra.

She indicated that each polling station required 97 items for the election to be successful, which the commission had distributed to all the 216 district offices across the country.

Mrs. Osei mentioned some of them as parliamentary and presidential ballot papers, ballot boxes, indelible ink, registers, jackets for EC personnel, demarcation tapes, voting screens and thumbprint pads and validation stamps.

She said political parties have been given the voting lists and voter’s register to help them monitor and be confident in the entire process.

She warned the public not to sell alcohol within 500 meters from the polling stations or ride motorbikes at and around the stations.

Mrs. Osei again cautioned the public not to take pictures of the ballot papers with their phones or engage in any activity that could incite violence and undermine the exercise.

On the special voting exercise, she said a total of 90, 000 out of 128,000 representing about 80 per cent of the special voters turned out to cast their votes, stressing that people who could not find their names could still vote today.

She urged Ghanaians to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and decorous manner that would not instigate violence.

Mrs. Osei was optimistic of a successful and peaceful elections adding that “we are once again ready to prove to the rest of the world that we are a beacon of democracy in Africa”.

By Charlse Amankwa

 

 

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