Electoral process to be officiated by intellectuals – Charlotte Osei

Mrs Charlotte Osei, the EC Chairperson on Tuesday during an address to news editors about the EC reforms in Accra stated that, beginning this year, anyone wishing to participate in the activities of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the capacity of an electoral officer must have a higher educational background.

She says this measure is purposely designed at safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process which has been a subject of debate in the country.

Moreover, such persons would be made to take an oath before a magistrate so that in the event they foul the law, they would be punished.

Electoral officers who violate election regulations in the upcoming December polls will face up to two years jail term.This will serve as deterrent to fraudsters and any one who seeks to violate the original electoral processes.

She explained the Commission is poised to make sure this year’s election is free, fair and devoid of skirmishes hence its 27 reforms.

One of the reforms is the increase in the number of polling station from 26,000 to 29,000 and the reduction in the number of people voting in each of the polling stations.

Discussing the issue of, the EC boss said “the number of persons on the register is no long tied to the issue of over-voting,” adding, the Commission has reduced the “numbers just to ensure that we have easier and a more efficient electoral process.”

She expressed concerns about the failure of Parliament to back the November 7 date. This she said has distorted the plans of the Commission.

Mrs Osei said the Commission designed its election calendar based on the November 7 date, adding, there is now the need to “update the calendar and distribute it again to IPAC.”

She further said the list of polling stations would be made available to all political parties and would also be published on the Commission’s website.