Monday, August 31, 2015

Ghana: We’re ready for Assembly elections – Electoral body

The Electoral Commission has begun securing electoral materials for all polling stations across the country ahead of Tuesday’s District Assembly elections. The election was initially scheduled for March but a Supreme Court ruling forced it’s postponement to September 1.

Speaking to Citi News, the Director of Public Affairs at the EC, Christian Owusu Parry said, all necessary arrangement has been put in place for the election. “The Commission is ready for the elections. As we speak now all the materials for the elections are ready in the district. Training session has come to a close. We will begin putting the ballot papers and other election materials in the ballot boxes and then in the early hours of Tuesday we will send the materials to the various polling stations.

In another development, journalists who will be covering the election have expressed surprise at the EC’s decision  to charge them GHc8 for accreditation to cover the election.

Some journalists in the Ashanti and Western regions, say the EC  in the area has asked them to pay the amount or forfeit the coverage of the elections.

Speaking to Citi News, Christian Owusu Parry defended the EC’s decision, saying “We do not have a budget line for preparing accreditation cards for media personnel and election observers and that is why if any media house or any group of observers want to go and observe the process, they have to pay some fees for accreditation cards.”

Parry stressed that reporters without accreditation cards “will not be allowed to cover the elections.”

– By: Marian Efe Ansah/

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