Thursday, December 1, 2016

Special Voting Suffers Hitches

Special voting has started today in about 284 centres across Ghana for security services, the media and the Electoral Commission (EC) who will be engaged during the main general elections on 7th December.

But just few hours into the exercise, some police personnel have threatened to boycott their official duties at the polling stations until they vote at the polling stations they registered. This is because many of them cannot find their names in the special voters register or list.
Though the EC has asked that persons who registered for special voting should be allowed to vote at the various constituencies they had been designated to, the appeal has been fiercely opposed by party agents.

In view of this the EC therefore directed that, all who have issues should go to their original constituencies to vote.

In spite of this directive, some people cannot still find their names both at their designated and original centres.

A total of 127,394 people are expected to cast their votes today.


The special voting has become necessary because the people who will be involved in the exercise will be required to work on December 7.  
Centres’ breakdown

The Director of Communications of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Eric Kofi Dzakpasu is quoted as saying that, the number of people on the special voters list had increased from 114,813 to 127,394 as a result of the involvement of police recruits and the temporary staff of the EC.

A breakdown of the polling centres for the regions is as follows: Ashanti, 47 centres; Brong Ahafo, 28; Central, 20; Eastern, 33; Greater Accra, 38; Upper East, 15; Upper West,11; Volta, 26; Western, 26, and Northern, 18 centres.


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