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‘Remain calm! You’ll all vote’ – EC tells security officers

There is widespread issue of missing names in the register, creating anxiety among officers that they will be disenfranchised. Photo: Sarah Parku
There is widespread issue of missing names in the register, creating anxiety among officers that they will be disenfranchised. Photo: Sarah Parku
Ghana’s Electoral Commission has asked the country’s security personnel who could not vote in Thursday’s special voting exercising over missing names in the register to remain calm.
A statement issued Thursday afternoon said: “The Commission is working with the hierarchy of security agencies to resolve the challenge as soon as possible”but did not give specifics.
A total of 127,000 voters made up of media and security personnel as well as electoral officials who will be engaged on December 7 for various duties were expected to cast their ballot in the special voting.
READ: Ghana begins elections to choose a president and 275 MPs today
However, hundreds of police and military personnel as well as those from the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Prisons Services could not cast their vote because their names were excluded from the list of voters.
The officers are to provide security across the country in next week’s presidential and parliamentary elections on December 7, and were thus expected to cast their Thursday.
Some of the officers who could not vote have threatened to boycott their duties on election day to travel to their respective constituencies to cast their vote to avoid being disenfranchised.
READ: Security officers threaten to boycott electoral duties on Dec. 7
But the Commission says the challenges that characterised the special voting have been discussed with the seven presidential candidates at a dialogue and urged the affected personnel to remain calm.
“We urge the security personnel affected to remain calm. Appropriate arrangements will be made for all to vote in this year’s election,” the statement signed by the Head of Communications, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu said.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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