Declaration of poll results in less than 24hrs possible – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has expressed optimism that it will be able to declare the results of this year’s elections in less than 24 hours after polls had closed at 5 PM on December 7.

The EC had resolved to release the results as early as possible.

Speaking to TV3 on Tuesday December 1, the Director of Electoral Services at the elections management body, Dr Serebour Quaicoe explained that the Commission has put in place measures to ensure that the results are announced in record time.

He said ”we all know that  on the day of the election, two hours after elections the polling stations get their results. You the media people will be announcing the results. So what stops as from fast tracking the movement of the results?

“Within 24 hours after the poll the result can move from polling station to constituency to regional and then to national. If everybody commits, themselves to it, it is doable.”

He further dispelled claims that potential technical and technological hitches could derail the plan to release the results in real time.

”We will not use technology to declare else I will say within 5 hours we can get the results. Any party can organise themselves very well, equip their agents and get projections. Their polling agents can snap the results. We can’t use that. At well organised party can get the results,” he said.

He added that ” no political party can declare results. They can project their results. The media can tell us that genuinely they have gotten all the polling station results. So they can project who is winning a constituency”

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By Edem Tutu||Ghana