You won't see cardboard voting booths during the December 7th elections as the Electoral Commission is taking steps to replace them.
The cardboard booths, which have been in use for elections in Ghana since 1992, would be replaced with plactic ones. This changes is minimal but adds to a long list of changes the Electoral Commission has made under the leadership of new chairperson, Charlotte Osei.
A few months ago, the commission outdoored a new logo which was heavily criticized by many Ghanaians for not reflecting the full scope of the commission and the country. Alongside the re-brand of the commission, chairperson Charlotte Osei also outdoored a five-year strategic plan for the EC.
The introduction of the all-white plastic booths could only be in line with the rebranding agenda of the Commission but raises the question as to whether all-these changes would result in a smoother electioneering process for Ghanaians.
Mr. Fred Tetteh, an official of the EC’s Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Department gave the hint of the change during a presentation on the Ghanaian electoral process at a pre-election training programme on Saturday for journalists.
The workshop held in Accra, was aimed at equipping journalists with relevant knowledge and skills in readiness for the crucial polls in December.
National Coordinator for Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), Mr. John Larvie, who was one of the facilitators at the programme, also urged journalists to acquaint themselves with the electoral laws and legislations, in order to ensure accurate reportage on the electoral process.