Dec polls: Over 100k participate in Special voting today

Dec polls: Over 100k participate in Special voting today

- The chairperson of the EC says the figure is the highest in the commission’s history

- The exercise will be held across 311 centres across the country

-Meanwhile, a recent poll had predicted victory for the incumbent president, Nana Akufo-Addo, in the presidential election

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The scramble for Ghana begins today, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, with a special voting exercise.

At least 109,557 persons are expected to take part in the exercise to be held at 311 centres across the country, the Electoral Commission (EC) said.

“It is instructive to note that this is the highest number the commission has recorded for special voting in its history,” the chairperson of Ghana’s elections management body,” Jean Mensa told journalists on Monday, reported.
Dec polls: Over 100k participate in Special voting today
Dec polls: Over 100k participate in Special voting today Photo credit: BBC
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Special voters in Ghana include; the Ghana Armed Forces, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), National Security, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, and Information Services Department.

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The rest are personnel of the National Ambulance Service, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Prisons Service, Ghana Journalists Association, Ghana Police Service, and National Media Commission.

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Touching on what to expect on December 7—the day scheduled for the general elections, Mensa said the commission stands in readiness to deliver a “smooth, seamless, peaceful and orderly process.”

She said all materials necessary for the conduct of the elections had been distributed in sufficient quantities including COVID materials.

She further noted the commission expects a mere 100 percentage turn out, and that they are confident the outcome would be peaceful, credible, orderly, seamless, and transparent “with God being our helper.”

The political science department of the University of Ghana had tipped President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to win the December 7 presidential election.

According to the latest survey by the department, Akufo-Addo will secure reelection with 51.7 percent of valid votes cast, while the presidential candidate of the NDC will secure 40.4 percent of the votes.

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The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) also predicted a win for the president in a survey finding published on October 30, 2020.

In the run-up to the 2016 general elections, Akufo-Addo made series of promises to the electorates and according to CDD’s 2020 pre-election survey data, NPP enjoys a huge advantage over NDC “when it comes to public confidence in the ability to deliver on campaign promises.”

Meanwhile, the president said he was excited about the recent poll that declared him the winner of the presidential election.

That notwithstanding, he pledged to eschew any form of complacency and make the prediction a reality.

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