Taking photos of ballot papers is an offence; offenders will be arrested - EC

Taking photos of ballot papers is an offence; offenders will be arrested - EC

- The Electoral Commission has announced that it is an offence to take pictures of the ballot papers

- According to the EC, the act breaches the secrecy of the ballot

- Those caught taking photos of their ballots would be arrested and handed over to the Police

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The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has announced that it is an offence for electorates to take photographs of their ballots papers indicating who they voted for.

According to the EC, persons who are caught taking photos of their ballots would be arrested and handed over to the Police.

Speaking during an interview on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, the Director of Electoral Services, Dr Serebour Quaicoe, said the act breaches the secrecy of the ballot.

Taking photos of ballot papers is an offence; offenders will be arrested - EC
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“If you finish and you tell people who you voted for, that is fine but it is an offence for you to take photos of it and be showing it to people. That breaches the secrecy of the ballot. In the view of the law you can be arrested,” he said.

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This information comes after videos circulating on social media showed some individuals who voted during the EC's special voting displaying their ballots after voting.

The special voting began on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, for security personnel, media practitioners and staff of the Electoral Commission.

More than 109,000 Ghanaians were expected to take part in the early voting in all 16 regions in Ghana.

A military officer has caused a stir on social media after a video of him casting his ballot popped up online.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, a center was mounted in each of the 275 constituencies in the country for the special voting exercise.

Election officials, security personnel as well as media personnel were the ones that were allowed to vote.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission, EC has stated that it is working around the clock in order to ensure that the results of the December general elections would be made known to the general public within 24 hours.

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Dr. Quaicoe said all things being equal, the commission is optimistic that all results would be declared by close of December 8, 2020.

If this is done as promised, it will be the first time in the history of Ghana for results to be declared this fast.

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