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General News of Monday, 7 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

EC would engage competent officers for the election

Mrs Faith Amedzake, the Eastern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), says the Commission will engage competent people as election officers to prevent the irregularities associated with the 2012 election.

She said the EC is armed with the experiences in 2012, and is therefore not taking anything to chance in ensuring a credible, fair and peaceful elections for the outcome to be acceptable to all parties.

According to her, all those who had been engaged as returning and presiding officers, would be taken through in-depth training on how to enter data or other requirements on the pink sheet, to ensure that the proper thing is done.

She was speaking on the key elements of electoral reporting at a “GNA Tracks Election 2016 project” workshop in Koforidua, being sponsored by Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), the nation’s foremost indigenous oil marketing company.

The Regional Director indicated that, a replica of the pink sheet had been printed to be used in training the successful applicants engaged for the elections, adding that “all that is being done to ensure an acceptable election outcome”.

Reporters and stringers from the southern belt including the Eastern, Western, Central, Volta and the Greater Accra regions are attending the workshop and would be taken through the dos and don’ts of election reporting.

The first one was organised in Sunyani for the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong- Ahafo and Ashanti regions from November 1- November 3. Mrs Amedzake noted that, the media is a stakeholder in conducting the elections, and therefore appealed to them to partner the EC in educating the public on the rules of the election, and churn out accurate and credible information to the public.

The project is to build the capacity of reporters and stringers across the country, to report accurately and effectively on the coming general election.

The focus is on ethics and responsibilities of a News Agency reporter and electoral reporting, and some key elements of CI94.