Ghana: Election Commission Vows to Proclaim December 7 Poll Results 24 Hours after Voting, Claims 98% Readiness

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has announced that all is set, except for few administrative finishing, to conduct the December 7 general elections.  

“We are 98% ready for a successful, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections on 7th December. Distribution of election materials has been ongoing and is about 99% done. All presidential ballot papers have been sent out to the various locations and currently, Parliamentary ballot papers are also being distributed”, the Election Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa said.

Mrs. Mensa made the announcement when she briefed members of the Council of State on Friday, November 20 on the commission’s state of preparedness for the December 7 polls. She mentioned among other things, that, the biometric verification devices have been prepared and deployed to various regions and are currently in the police armouries, from where they will be distributed on the election day to all polling stations in the presence of representatives of all political parties.

The Election Commission Boss also told the Council of State that the Commission had introduced measures that would facilitate the declaration of election results within 24 hours of voting.

Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II commended the Election Commission for putting in place the right processes and Covid-19 protocols, among other measures that enabled the compilation of a new voter's register in a record time of 38 days.

On election security, the National Election Security Taskforce, headed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh announced the deployment of 62,794 personnel to provide security nationwide on December 7 to ensure security of the voter and peaceful process.  

The security men, who will be identified by armlets, are from the Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), the Customs Division of the GRA, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), as well as the Fire, the Prisons and the Immigration services”, the IGP said.

The IGP added that the security men would be in their various known uniforms, except for those from the CID and the BNI who would be in unidentifiable clothes. He also disclosed that over 6,000 flashpoints had been identified countrywide ahead of the December polls.

Meanwhile, a ten-member African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Observer Mission, led by Mr. Jean-Claude Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission on November 17, visited the Electoral Commission ahead of the 2020 general elections. Other members of the delegation included Ambassador Minata Samte, Commissioner of Political Affairs at the African Union, and General Francis Behanzin, Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Security at the ECOWAS Commission.

On its part, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) would be deploying about 4,000 observers at strategic locations across the country to monitor and report on the election.