- A Top NPP man is lobbying for polls on Election Day to close at 2pm in Ghana
- According to Mac Manu it is critical for Ghana to consider closing polls at 2pm because of the challenges with power
The campaign manager for Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections, Peter Mac Manu is advocating for polls to close at 2pm instead of the 5pm on Election Day.
According to the board chairman of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), the change will ensure there is adequate time to count and collate votes.
He made the statement at an Election Roundtable organized by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) under the theme: "The Nigerian Presidential and National Assembly Elections, Lessons learned for Ghana and other West African countries".
The former national chairman of the governing NPP wants stakeholders to also institute reforms in the areas of declaration of election results, voter ID card production, polling station allocation, and polling station security arrangement among others.
“When you close your polls it's also critical because we live in an era of power failure. Why do Ghana wait till 5pm before we close our polls? I think in Nigeria it is 2pm so that there is much sunshine to help with the counting and collation procedure because here, the numbers are even not too huge,” Peter Mac Manu said.
The close of polls at 5pm in Ghana often results in counting and collation ending very late in the night which some have suggested aids in vote rigging.
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