Category: Election 2016

Election 2016: NDC objects to lawyers as presiding officers

The Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has revealed the party is uncomfortable with the Electoral Commission’s decision to engage the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAG) as presiding officers in the forthcoming elections. Charlotte Osei, the chairperson of the Commission last week Tuesday, announced that the Commission will employ the services of members of the GBA and ICAG at the Constituency Collation Centers in the December 7 elections. This, however, did not go down well with Mr. Ampofo, arguing that the EC boasts of experienced officers than...

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2016 elections will be benchmark in Africa- EC chairperson declares

The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has pledged to make the 2016 general elections exemplary and the benchmark for all other elections in Africa. The chairperson of the Commission, Charlotte Osei made this promise at the launch of a USAID funded communications strategy for the Electoral Commission in Accra. She said her outfit would deliver credible polls using a strong system of supervision and responsive communication with stakeholders. “We are aiming to be the benchmark in Africa for the delivery of independent, trusted and world class electoral outcomes. Effective communication is therefore imperative to building understanding and trust among...

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EC redefines over-voting as part of electoral reforms

With barely 150 days to the December 7 polls, the Electoral Commission (EC) has unrolled 27 reforms as part of plans to safeguard the credibility of the election. These reforms include a redefinition of what constitutes an over-voting incident at any polling station. EC boss, Charlotte Osei, explained to news editors in Accra Tuesday that there would be over-voting incident at a polling station when the number of ballot casts exceeds the number of people verified to vote. This, she said, is significantly different from the previous definition of over-voting which has created problems for the Commission in the past. Previously,...

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