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We’re prepared for Tuesday’s special voting, says Jean Mensa

The Chair of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, is highly optimistic that Tuesday's Special Voting exercise will be orderly ahead of 7 December

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  • "We expect a mere 100 percentage turn out, and we are confident that the outcome will be peaceful, credible, orderly, seamless and transparent with God being our helper.”

Jean Mensa, Chair of the Electoral Commission, has said her outfit is adequately prepared to conduct a smooth Special Voting on Tuesday, 1 December 2020.

“To date our officers have been recruited and trained and we stand in readiness to deliver a smooth, seamless and peaceful and orderly process. All materials necessary have been distributed in sufficient quantities and these include COVID materials,” Mensa offered the assurance at a news conference in Accra on Monday.

She added: “Stringent COVID-19 protocols will be put in place and observed, the biometric verification has been prepared and we’ve deployed devices as a Commission. We expect a mere 100 percentage turn out, and we are confident that the outcome will be peaceful, credible, orderly, seamless and transparent with God being our helper.”

Declaration of results

The EC chair further reiterated that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the results of the election are declared on time to avoid unnecessary tension.

“Ordinarily, the intention of declaring elections is to rarely minimise tension, after all if you have results… why wait on the results? We all know that our media houses have in the past been able to present the results within some 10 hours of the polls,” Mensa told journalists.

She said the EC should rather be commended and supported for putting in place measures for a peaceful exercise in the run-up to the general elections.

“So, if you put in place systems to ensure that you receive the results on time, why the panic. I think the panic should rather be if the EC says it will declare the results after one week, then you should be panicking,” she added.

“But if we are bringing in efficiency and allaying the fears and suspicion of people, I think that this should be commended and encouraged, we should all work together to achieve this.”

Special voters

A total of 109, 577 voters from 12 institutions are expected to cast their votes in the special voting at 311 Electoral Commission designated centres across the country.

The prospective early voters are personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), National Security, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, and Information Services Department.

The rest are personnel of the National Ambulance Service, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Prisons Service, Ghana Journalists Association, Ghana Police Service and National Media Commission.

Fred Dzakpata

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