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General News of Saturday, 17 November 2012

Source: GNA

EC to head to court over minor registration

The Electoral Commission (EC) is to turn to the court to determine the line of action it could take against minors who have found their names in the biometric electoral roll.

Dr Kwadwo Afari-Djan, Chairman of the Commission, said they intend to go to the court to seek a way out of the disturbing development.

Evaluation of the biometric voter register had uncovered high registration of under-age voters, across the nation.

He was interacting with parliamentary candidates in the December 7 polls in the Ashanti Region at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi on Friday.

It provided the platform to discuss ways to enhance credibility of the elections and in-built integrity of the electoral process.

Dr Afari-Djan said the EC had a track record for conducting free, fair and transparent elections and gave the assurance that this would be maintained.

The Commission, he said would work around the clock to ensure that all logistics, equipment and relevant materials were delivered to the polling centres on schedule.

He encouraged the political parties to engage in clean and healthy electioneering campaign devoid of insults and rancor.

Mr. Muhammed Addoquaye, Director, Human Resources and General Services of the EC, said they had begun series of refresher courses to update the skills and expertise of presiding and returning officers.

Mr. Augustine Collins Ntim, Member of Parliament for Offinso-North, said the programme was most appropriate and that it had helped to remove doubts and suspicion.

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