Ghana’s EC inaugurates election steering committee

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has inaugurated an 18 member election steering committee ahead of the November 7 polls which is slated for later this year.

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei would be chairing the committee which is made up of personnel drawn from the Ghana Police Service, The Ghana Armed Forces, The Ghana Education Service – (GES) and The Ghana Prisons Service.

The rest are from The National Peace Council, The National Commission on Civic Education – (NCCE), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice – (CHRAJ), and the National Service Scheme.

They have been mandated to coordinate the activities of the various stakeholders within the electoral process before and during the general elections which would be electing a president and 275 parliamentary candidates for the next four years.

Speaking to journalists after the inauguration, Madam Charlotte Osei said “the Electoral Commission Act empowers the EC to set up committees whenever necessary and we need the services of other institutions.

“This means we would be working hand in hand with them to ensure a successful elections. This years election is relatively bigger than the previous elections and we would need experienced hands in executing our mandate.

“For instance this year we would have 29,000 polling stations across the country and 295 collation centers…” she added.

The Electoral Commission has also denied speculations by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) that the EC is not ready for the November polls. The EC says they are working within schedule and would organize a successful election.

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By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin