Monday, August 31, 2015

Ghana District Assembly level elections in figures

Barring any drawbacks, Ghanaians will go to the polls on September 1, 2015 to elect assembly and unit committee members for the all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the country. In this light, your authoritative African Elections Project (AEP) brings you interesting figures (about this important local level election.

Polling is expected to start at 7: 00 am to 500 pm local time.

Below are the figures about the September 1, 2015 elections:

18,938 candidates (17,783 men and 1,182 women) will contest the September 1, 2015 district level polls.

6,135 electoral areas will be involved.

5 unit committee members will be elected in each electoral area.

1 assembly member to be elected.

30,000 polling stations will used for the elections. This is an increment from 26,002 by the Electoral Commission (EC).

40,000 security personnel from the various security agencies have been deployed across the country to for the district level elections. Out of the 40, 000, 2,085 are from headquarters of the security agencies in Accra, 649 from the prisons services while the remaining were drawn from Customs Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service, Police Service as well as the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

196 unit committee candidates and 29 assembly candidates had been disqualified from contesting in the election. These are mainly those who portrayed partisanship by using party emblem, students, and persons above 70 years.

216 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) will be involved

6 times Ghana will be organizing District Assembly Elections since the Local Government Act 462 was passed in 1993.

4 years: Section 5(3) of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462) stipulates “Elections to a district assembly shall be held once every 3 years”

16.20% in 2002 is the lowest voter turnout while 44.30% in 1988 is the highest in voter turnout in the District Assembly Elections

Source: AEP

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