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We’ve already dispatched district level elections materials to regionsm – Serebour Quaicoe

The Electoral Commission (EC) has assured that barring any unforeseen challenges delivering electoral materials to polling stations for Tuesday’s district level elections will be smooth since materials have already been dispatched to the regions.

It explained that electoral materials could not be sent to polling stations before the election day, hence officers had come out with plans that would ensure prompt and swift delivery of materials to polling stations on election day.

Unlike general elections where the Commission takes charge of all the processes, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is in charge of organisation and planning of District Assembly elections.

Dr Serebour Quaicoe, the Director of Electoral Services at the EC, made these known, at a Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) /STAR-Ghana sponsored programme dubbed: ‘We the People’, in Accra, which  focused on a successful December 17, 2019 district level elections.

He said a maximum of twelve candidates could contest for assembly elections, whereas a maximum of 25 candidates could contest the Unit Committee poll, voters could select only one candidate for the assembly elections with five for the unit committee.

”The ballots will be counted at collation centres within the electoral area, simple pass the ballot will be used to declare winners, which means candidates can win with difference of one vote, EC on other hand takes care of Constitutional Instruments for electoral areas to be updated on voter register, exhibition, and nomination.

“In electoral areas where candidates vying as unit committee members are less than five candidates stand unopposed, to cut down cost EC provides common platform where candidates collaborate with Deputy Returning Officers in charge of Special Duties to come up with plan suitable to electoral area to make vision known to residents.

“Notices of polls have been pasted at visible areas within electoral areas which the electorate should look out for them since our policy of giving preferential treatment to People Living with Disability by not joining queues at polling stations, I encourage them to seek assistance from presiding officers who have been mandated to give them help.
“Pivotal role of assembly and unit committee members to local development is of essence, we must go out in our numbers to elect competent people to represent us at the local level,” Dr Quaicoe intimated. -gbcghanaonline.com

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