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EC expunges 'multiple registration' names from voters' register

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has deleted from the Biometric Voter Register, names of people who engaged in multiple registration.

“To avoid any ambiguity on Election Day, a special list have been compiled for those who engaged in the multiple registration to serve as evidence of their fraudulent electoral act” said Mr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, EC Deputy Chairman in Charge of Operations.

Mr Sarfo Kantanka made this known at a day’s dialogue with parliamentary candidates from Ablekuma, Okaikoi and Ayawaso sub-metro, Monday to discuss preparations towards Election 2012.

The engagement is under the EC’s project: “Enhancing the credibility of Ghana’s 2012 Election,” was organised by the EC in collaboration with Department for International Development(DFID).

Mr Safo Kantanka assured the parliamentary candidates that Ghana’s electoral system has improved since the 1992 elections through an inbuilt electoral integrity.

The EC Deputy Chairman expressed concern over the lack of vigilance during the Biometric Voter Registration exercises which led to minors taking part in the registration.

He called for vigilance on Election Day, to ensure that all electoral officials and other stakeholders conform to the rules and regulations on for Election 2012.

Mr Safo Kantanka asked the candidates to develop key interest in Election Day activities.

He assured the candidates that the Commission has developed a tracking system to monitor the movement of electoral material especially the ballot papers from the printing houses to the regional, district and polling stations across the country.

Mr Alex Poku-Akubia, EC Greater Accra Regional Director explained that the dialogue was to afford the candidates the opportunity to interact with EC officials, discuss electoral preparations, Election Day activities and responsibilities of each candidate.

He said the parliamentary candidates’ dialogue also aimed at building on the integrity of the electoral process for a peaceful poll in December, and facilitate the development of a healthy relationship between the EC and the candidates.

Mr Poku-Akubia said electoral management is a shared responsibility among stakeholders, including the political parties, media, electoral administrators and democratic institutions.

The Parliamentary Candidates who attended the function were from the National Democratic Congress, Convention Peoples Party, New Patriotic Party, National Democratic Party, Peoples National Convention, Democratic People’s Party, Progressive Peoples Party, Independent Peoples Party, and Independent Peoples Party.



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