CHAIRPERSON OF the Electoral fee (EC), Charlotte Osei, says the fee intends to increase the quantity of polling stations within the country from the over 26,000 to 29,000 considering that centres which might be some distance from the voters might deter them from exercising their franchise.
According to her, even though the production of polling stations would be contentious typically, the commission’s intention for the recreation was once made clear late last 12 months, and that it used to be a part of efforts to convey voters virtually polling centres and finish their frustrations emanating from having to travel lengthy distances to vote.
In a speech learn on her behalf by the Ashanti Regional Deputy Director of the EC, Lawrence Sarpong, the chairperson said the commission had also determined to cut back the threshold of voters at a polling station from 1,000 to 800.
“this may increasingly additionally support minimize the lengthy queues at centres that have greater than 800 voters on the voter record. It will additionally aid in counting and assertion at the polling stations and constituencies,” she defined.
She introduced this at a day’s media convention for undisputed election 2016 in Kumasi below the theme: “closer to Free, fair and Undisputed Elections – The function of the Media”.
It was organised by the Ghana Journalists’ organization (GJA) and subsidized via the us Embassy.
Mrs. Charlotte Osei endured that the commission would soon take steps to be certain that a cleaner register is put in position for this year’s elections.
The EC boss disclosed that this used to be in response to issues concerning the voter register, which she stated the fee had no longer glossed over.
“The commission has set 28th April – 4th may, 2016 for restricted registration exercise to register first timers after which attention might be thinking about the cleaning of the present register. When the time comes, we count on all stakeholders to aid the system,” she stated.
Mrs. Osei recounted that the fee recounted the end result of an unfair electoral process, intimating that “elsewhere, individuals have fought and died due to the fact of disputes of their electoral out-comes. Thank God no such violence has happened in our elections on the grounds that the inception of the Fourth Republic.”
That notwithstanding, the EC chairperson noted that the fee was once conscious of the general public discourse mired in apprehension and gave the peace of mind that it used to be ready to deliver the seventh victorious election below the Fourth Republic.
“The fee will continue to communicate with political parties in an try to construct consensus on all contentious problems that come up within the runup to the November elections,” she acknowledged.
Free And reasonable Elections
For an election to be described as free, it should entail two matters; the humans have got to be free from intimidation and violent assaults, while the atmosphere will have to also be free for a character to be competent to register as a voter to form a political get together, to stand for election and attend political conferences and rallies, to campaign, to decide who to vote for, amongst others, Mrs Osei defined.