We're more than ready for the December 7 polls---EC assures

We’re more than ready for the December 7 polls—EC assures

We’re more than ready for the December 7 polls—EC assures

We’re more than ready for the December 7 polls—EC assures

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, has expressed the Commission’s readiness to conduct a free, fair and transparent election on December 7.

Briefing Parliament’s Committee in Accra on Saturday on preparations ahead of the polls, Mrs Mensa said the EC had met all the processes required to ensure an incident free poll.

“Mr Speaker, I am pleased to inform you that the Electoral Commission is 95 per cent ready for the successful, credible, fair, orderly and peaceful conduct of the election in December 7, 2020.

“I assure you and this August House that we are fully prepared and ready for the elections in December and are working with our teams to ensure that the election is credible, fair, seamless, transparent and peaceful” she told the House.

According to Jean Mensa, the printing of presidential ballots for all regions were done with the exception of the Eastern Region.

For the parliamentary ballot papers, she said all but those of candidates in the Oti, Volta and Upper East Regions were printed and would be distributed soon. 

“Agents of political parties and the security agencies are monitoring the processes at all the printing houses,” she revealed.

Printing of the results collation sheet, popularly known as the pink sheets, for both the presidential and parliamentary elections, she said, commenced yesterday with all parties duly informed accordingly to monitor the process.

Mrs Mensa said the elections would be held at 38,622 polling stations across the country; some 5,000 polling stations more than what was used in 2016.

“The threshold set for the polling stations is 749 voters per polling stations. It is important to note however that more than 70 per cent of the polling stations have 500 voters or less,” she clarified.

On staff, she said 233,632 temporary officials, made up of returning officers and their deputies, presiding officers, verification officers, name reference officers as well as a Covid-19 Ambassadors, have been hired for the polls.

“A comprehensive training program has been drawn for each category of officials. We are confident that with the capacity building provided, our teams will be equipped with the requisite skills to enable them to perform excellently on election day,” she assured.

Of the 17,029,971 registered voters, 32,621 of them had been placed on the multiples and the exceptions list and won’t be eligible to vote on election day because they have either registered multiple times, are underage or non-Ghanaian.

She said 74,800 brand new biometric verification devices were being prepared for the election “it is expected that the enhanced features of the devices will speed up the verification process and go a long way to ensure that only persons whose biometric details are captured in our system vote on election day.”

Mrs Mensa said since the turn of the year, her outfit had engaged the security agencies under the auspices of the National Security Task Force to ensure that the process was peaceful.

“To date, we have provided them [security] with relevant information to assist them in carrying out their duties on election day.

“This includes information on all polling centres, collation centres, potential flash point areas among others. This collaboration goes down to the regional and district levels. We intend to increase our engagement as we head towards the elections in December” she said.

She encouraged the voting public to commit themselves to the processes so that Ghana continued with its vaunted history of successful polls since the country returned to democratic rule in 1992.

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