- Full rules and guidelines for eligible voters have been released by the Electoral Commission
- Offenses liable to jail terms include destroying a ballot paper or voting twice
- In all, a little over 17 million voters, are expected to show up and vote
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has published a graphical representation of all the information voters need to know about before, during and after casting their ballot on December 7th.
This information, carefully delivered in eleven slides, also spells out the punishments voters are liable to face should they break the rules and regulations on election day.
One of the strict rules that voters must follow is to get to their polling stations with a face mask on. Voters will be denied the right to vote should they break this public health directory which is to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Also, voting starts at exactly 7am in the morning and 5pm. Voters are entreated to report as early as they can to avoid meeting long queues at their polling center. It is a must to carry along a voter’s identity card. This is what allows the voter to cast their ballot.
After casting the ballot, the voter is instructed to leave the polling place. They can return at 5pm when voting ends to observe the counting of the ballots at their respective polling centers. The Electoral Commission says only ballot papers with a clear thumbprint on their preferred candidate will be counted.
When a voter gets to the polling station, they will first be given a ballot paper for the presidential election. The voter must check this ballot well to ensure that it bears the stamp of the EC. After, the voter proceeds to the voting booth to cast their ballot. This way, you place your thumbprint in the box provided at the right hand of ballot paper, next to your preferred candidate.
The voter must wipe their finger off the ink before folding the ballot paper neatly and dropping it into the ballot box.
Punishable offences include compelling someone to vote for a particular candidate, having your name in the voters register in more than one polling station, to be in possession of another person’s Voter’s ID card, to attempt to vote before the polls open at 7am or after it closes at 5pm, to forge or destroy a ballot paper, among other offenses.
In all, 17,027,641 eligible voters will be casting their ballots on Monday, December 7 across 33,396 polling stations in the country.
The University of Ghana department of political science, in a recent poll, declared President Akufo Addo as the probable winner of the 2020 elections. John Mahama of the NDC rubbished the poll stating he is still confident of emerging victorious.
Ahead of the polls on Monday, December 7, The Election security task force, estimated at 6000 personnel, has been deployed across the country ahead of the polls on Monday.
Ghana has been praised across the world for peaceful elections since the 4th Republic. The country has often been set aside as a reference point of successful elections and peaceful transition of power.
To this end, international and local election observers are looking out for “the peaceful Ghana we all know”.
The Ghana Police Service says voters who come over the polling station with party branded face masks will not be allowed to vote. Public relations officer of the Ghana Police Service, explained this is part of measures to keep the election process safe.
Stakes are so high for both candidates. A win for Akufo Addo will virtually retire John Dramani Mahama in his ambition for the presidency. A win for John Mahama will also make Akufo Addo the first President in the history of the NPP to be a one-term president.
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