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Voters register: EC provides detailed explanation to Cluster and Phasing system

Deputy Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Electoral Commission, Fred Tetteh has proffered a detailed explanation of the Cluster and Phasing system adopted by the EC in the compilation of a new voters register. On June 30, 2020, the Electoral commission commenced the compilation of the new voters compilation but despite numerous assurances given by the commission to ensure ...

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EC Voters Registration: What Jean Mensa said in her last-minute updates

Madam Jean Mensa

The much-anticipated voters registration exercise of the Electoral Commission is commencing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Ahead of that, Chairperson of the commission, met with media persons Monday, to relay updates with regards to the exercise. She, among other things, touched on measures put in place by the EC to ensure the process is safe and risk-free, as far as issues of COVID-19 and ...

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‘December 7 must be a Ghanaian election, not a West African election’ – Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says it must be the collective responsibility of Ghanaians to ensure that the country has a register fit for purpose for the conduct of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we must all make sure that persons who do not meet the requirements, as set out clearly in the Constitution, do not ...

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EC justifies non-use of existing voters ID cards

Jean Mensa, EC Chair

The Electoral Commission (EC) has provided the legal justification for refusing to accept the existing voters’ identification card as part of identification for the upcoming registration exercise. In a 31-paged legal arguments filed at the Supreme Court, the EC says it had the sole constitutional responsibility to compile voters register and to determine how that compilation would be effected and ...

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Don’t disenfranchise eligible voters – Rawlings to EC

Jerry-John-Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called on the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to ensure that no eligible voter is disenfranchised in the upcoming polls. According to him, “The sanctity of the right of choice is not a matter we can compromise with. That sanctity must be preserved at all cost and as we inch towards November let us ensure that ...

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Rawlings urges protection for EC

Former President Jerry John Rawlings

Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings has called for support and protection of the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission (EC). Delivering a speech on Thursday, June, to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the June 4, 1979 Revolution, Mr Rawlings stated that “the Electoral Commission which is the fulcrum of our multiparty democracy must be supported and protected by all stakeholders; to ensure a ...

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EC undermining Ghana’s democracy – Federation of Labour

EC Chair, Mrs Jean Mensa

The Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL) has accused the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission (EC) of undermining Ghana’s democracy by setting out conditions they say will make it impossible for the vast majority of Ghanaians to register to vote in the general election in December. In a press statement signed by its President, Caleb Nartey and General Secretary, Abraham Koomson, the GFL ...

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New voters’ register: Cards would be given instantly – EC

Mrs Jean Mensa

Eligible persons who turn up for the forthcoming voter registration scheduled to commence at the end of next month would receive their cards instantly, the Electoral Commission (EC) has announced. The instant delivery of voter identification cards is a novelty many Ghanaians would relish, considering the avoidance of the stress of waiting for the document. There is a catch to ...

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Election 2020: Don’t touch any journalist – GJA president to political parties, police

Mr Roland Affail Monney

President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Roland Affail Monney, has strongly admonished political parties to demonstrably restrain their followers from touching any journalist before, during, and after the 2020 general elections.He also called on the security agencies to spare journalists any brutalities and rather work with them collaboratively.Speaking to Ghanaweb at Aburi on the sidelines of an Editors’ ...

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Ruling party wins Burundi presidential election

The authorities in Burundi say the ruling party’s candidate has been elected as the new president. The electoral commission said Evariste Ndayishimiye won almost 70% of the vote in last week’s poll. The retired general will take over from President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has led Burundi since 2005. The former leader is widely expected to maintain a lot of influence. ...

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