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General News of Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

EC creates special office to address complaints

The Electoral Commission has created a special office to address complaints by political parties and independent candidates taking part is in this year’s election.

This comes on the back of some complaints about the EC performance and decisions by some political parties in Ghana.

A statement signed by Head of Communications at the EC, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu said the new office will afford “representatives and independent candidates the opportunity to meet members and key officers of the Commission (without prior appointment) to get their questions about the elections answered or concerns addressed.”

The special walk-in-service according to the commission will operate on Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Bashing from political parties

The commission has come under barrage of attacks from political parties who accuse it of scheming to rig the election in favour of another party in Ghana.
Some including the Progressive People’s Party, (PPP), National Democratic Party (NDP) among others also sued the commission for disqualifying their flagbearers nominees from the 2016 presidential race.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has also recently raised issues about the printing of pink sheets in the country as well as omission of the party’s initials on some ballot papers to be used for the upcoming general elections.
Meanwhile, the commission is hopeful that its new special-walk-in-service will help address issues bothering stakeholders in the election.

“The Walk-In Service will take place at the same time simultaneously in all Regional and District Offices of the Commission across the country. The Walk-in Service, the first of its kind, is in line with the Commission’s determination to increase its engagement with the key stakeholders of the electoral process.

It will complement other initiatives being implemented by the Commission to increase access and transparency of the electoral process.

It is our expectation that the parties and independent candidates will make good use of this unique opportunity,” the statement added.