Ghana mulls electoral reforms

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Ghana's electoral boss, Osei
Ghana’s electoral boss, Osei

Charlotte Osei, Chairman, Ghana Electoral Commission (EC) has said that the country’s general election in December will be run under far-reaching electoral reforms.

She said on Thursday in Accra that a National Results Collation Center (NRCC) would be introduced to replace the famous EC Strong Room.

“The collation will be done in an open and more transparent manner,”.

“We have all the cameras there so you can all see even from your homes as the results come in,” she said.

The chairman said there would be one collation centre in each of the 275 constituencies to collect results taken from the polling stations, with the EC ensuring that each centre is manned with very knowledgeable collation officers.

Osei, however, said that results would be transmitted electronically to the national collation centres, and the digital results would serve as a comparison to the manually counted version for discrepancy checks.

She added that in their quest to have very knowledgeable professional bodies assist in ensuring the integrity of results, the EC has worked with the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG).

“We think it will be beneficial to have another layer of checks, you have the lawyers checking that the forms are properly filled and properly signed off and you have the accountants also making sure that the numbers have been added up properly. (Xinhua)

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