The Electoral Commission of Ghana has stated that it is not to blame for the issue of missing names of some security personnel and others from the list of special voters who were to cast their votes ahead of the general public in this year’s general elections.
Missing names in the voters register for the special voting made headlines in the news as some of those who were supposed to take part in the early voting last Thursday, could not exercise their franchise, causing a lot of worry and anxiety for the upcoming elections.
The situation prompted a second round of voting Sunday and some cases of missing names continued to surface.
However, a statement issued by the Electoral Commission has said reports from its regional officers across the country as at midday on Sunday, December 4 indicated the exercise has been smooth in all constituencies.
“At Midday, all our regional directors confirmed that voting has gone on smoothly at all the 275 constituencies except the few cases of some officers whose names are not on the special voters list. That is not the fault of the Commission,” the statement said.
Notwithstanding, the Commission says the affected persons “still have the chance to vote on Election Day. We have advised their respective high commands to deploy them to work at the polling stations where they registered, so they can vote.”
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The Commission said those who qualified to vote in the two rounds of the Special Voting exercise were those whose names appeared on the list of special voters, noting it “never stated anywhere that it was going to compile a new list of Special Voters for today’s exercise.
“Being an officer of the security agencies does not give you an automatic right to vote anywhere you wish to. Procedures must be complied with,” it stated.