Voters can demand replacement for spoilt ballots

An eligible voter can demand a fresh  ballot paper if he or she spoils an earlier one during voting on December 7.

The Executive Director of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), Edna Kuma, explained that it was within the ambits of the laws for voters to demand fresh ballot papers whenever such is damaged.

“What most people do not know is that the electoral laws permit anyone who spoilt his/her ballot paper in the process of casting the vote to demand new ballot paper and the electoral officer is obliged to issue it upon request,” she intoned.

She disclosed this at a workshop for journalists in Kumasi recently.

It was themed, “Engaging the security agencies and the media for smooth and peaceful elections 2016” and was organised by AWLA.

Mrs. Edna entreated the media to intensify their education on how to reduce spoiled paper on election day, since the country has been recording high numbers during previous general elections.

The Executive Secretary of AWLA, Effiba Amihere, advised journalists not to be in haste to announce election results but rather allow the Electoral Commission (EC) to do so.

According to Ms. Amihere, the media over the years has been doing the work of the EC when it came to pronouncing electoral results and there was the need for the media to exercise restraint.

“I urge the media to allow the EC be the final authority when it comes to pronouncing winners of the election in the December polls, because it has become their habit in the previous election years and, that must stop,” she stated.

Ms. Amihere noted that such tendencies by the media sometimes caused a stir among the public and has the potential to create troubles in future.

The two-day workshop was to enhance the knowledge of participants on electoral laws and prepare them for better reportage.

 

From Kingsley E. Hope and Faustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi.

 

 

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