LPG lauds EC’s decision to reduce polls time

The Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) has lauded the decision of the Electoral Commission (EC) to move the close of polls from 1700 hours to 1600 hours to promote the security of elections and ensure early release of electoral results.

it would also enable security personnel at the various polling stations to observe counting of the ballots clearly.

 The party however, suggested to the EC to reduce the 750 voter ceiling in the voter register in each polling station to enable people vote before 1600 hours and reduce congestion at the polling centres.

 John Amekah, the Acting Chairman of the LPG, noted that it would allow the media to play its watchdog role by making sure credible information was obtained and disseminated to the citizenry and prevent those who wanted to disrupt the electoral process at the polling centres.

 “The EC should make sure the result slips will be made available on time to all the contesting parties for them to sign to serve as evidence as to the number of electorate who voted at each polling station.

“At the collation centres, the EC must ensure the result slips or sheets signed by the party agents are available, including the ballot boxes for each party to get the results of the elections before the district electoral officer comes to announce the constituency results.

“It is prudent for the EC to involve all stakeholders including the political parties, civil society organisations and the public, to finalise its decision in order to get their co-operation,” Mr Amekah averred. -GNA

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