Category: Election 2016

EC Media accreditation fee senseless, shameful – Sefa Kayi

Ace broadcaster Kwami Sefa Kayi has described as shameful and senseless the decision by the Electoral Commission to charge the media accreditation fee for the coverage of the December 7, polls. According to the Peace FM Morning show host, the move may obstruct efforts by journalists to report professionally and objectively during the polls. Ghana’s Electoral Commission is charging journalists in the country in order to provide them with accreditation to cover presidential and parliamentary polls. The move has been heavily criticised, but the election management body is adamant. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Media Foundation...

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EC spells roles of the Returning Officer in elections

Accra, Nov. 10, GNA – The Electoral Commission (EC) says Returning Officers (RO) are mandated for the conduct and supervision of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in a constituency under the direction of the District Electoral officer and the Commission. The Returning Officer would be issued with two writs of election: first to certify the number of votes cast in favour of each Presidential candidate; and second to certify on the writ the name of the Member of Parliament elected for his or her constituency. Election 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary manual tagged: “A Guide to Voters,” made available to...

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PPP’s Nduom and two others cleared to contest 2016 presidential elections

The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the inclusion of presidential candidates of the PPP, NDP and PNC after the Commission has carefully reviewed their resubmitted presidential nomination forms. These presidential candidates had earlier been disqualified together with 9 others by the Electoral Commission (EC), for inappropriately filling their nomination form.  But at a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, the EC has cleared them to contest the upcoming December 7 elections. Meanwhile, EC boss, Charlotte Osei rejected the nominations of eight presidential candidates for failing to abide with the C.I.94, the law governing the December 7 polls.These candidates include...

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APC’s Hassan Ayariga wins Case against EC

An Accra High Court has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to give All People’s Congress (APC) Presidential nominee, Hassan Ayariga the opportunity to correct errors on his nomination form. The court presided over by Justice Babara Charway said the EC acted unfairly in disqualifying Mr. Ayariga. The judge also indicated that the commission should have been more patient in dealing with the matter. The ruling follows a similar order which was given by an Accra High court to the EC to allow the flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom who was among 11 others...

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Media to pay for accreditation in order to cover 2016 elections

Ghana’s Electoral Commission has announced that, from Monday, October 31, to Monday, November 7, 2016, the EC will accept applications from media houses who are interested in observing the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. A statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Commission, Mr Eric Kofi Dzakpasu on Monday, October 31, said all media houses who wish to observe the elections are requested to submit the names and details of personnel per the enclosed format to the Commission by close of day Monday, November 7, 2016. According to the statement, all accreditation request be sent through the...

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