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General News of Wednesday, 13 November 2019


#GhBudget: We’ll give EC resources needed for credible 2020 election – Government

The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says that as part of plans to ensure free and fair elections in 2020, the government will provide the Electoral Commission with all the resources needed to conduct the national elections.

While presenting the national budget for 2020 on Tuesday, he said that the move is in line with government’s efforts to prevent conflicts and maintain the peace that the country is enjoying.

“Mr. Speaker, 2020 is an election year. I will like to take this opportunity to inform this august house on behalf of the President that all the needed resources required shall be marshalled for the Electoral Commission to ensure that we have credible, free and fair elections. Ghana remains one of the most stable and peaceful countries in the world and we intend to maintain it,” he said.

He further noted that it is part of the government’s plans to avoid wastage of resources by spending excessively during election times.

“In spite of the year being an election year, let me repeat that President Akufo-Addo and his government would ensure that the perennial excessive spending during such periods will not happen in 2020. We shall work within the 2020 appropriated resource envelope and avert to the Fiscal Responsibility Act to maintain fiscal discipline. We would do so because the nation needs it,” he added.