‘Disenfranchised’ security officers to vote Sunday – EC
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has announced a second round of Special Voting on Sunday to afford security personnel and others who could not cast their vote in Thursday’s voting to exercise their franchise.
This was agreed between the political parties and the Electoral Commission Thursday night at an emergency Inter Party Advisory Committee [IPAC] meeting in Accra, TV3’s reports.
It followed complaints of widespread exclusion of names of hundreds of security officers from the voters’ register for the special voting across the country.
“The parties have agreed that those who could not vote today [Thursday] should be given the opportunity to vote on Sunday,” the report says.
The parties have also agreed for the two voters’ registers, which were at the centre of confusion at most polling centres across the country, to be merged for Sunday’s exercise. Sunday’s second round of voting becomes the first time in the country’s electoral history under the fourth republic that special voting will be held for two days.
The decision for a second round would allay the fears of disenfranchisement among the hundreds of security personnel whose names were excluded from the list of voters for Thursday’s Special Voting exercise, some of whom threatened to boycott their electoral duties on election day.