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General News of Saturday, 3 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Mock polls is not a contest, must not be treated as December polls – EC warns

The Electoral Commission (EC) is warning the general public that it’s intended mock voting exercise scheduled for Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 7am to 5pm is not a contest and must not be treated as the December polls.

About 40 polling centres across the country will partake in the mock elections to test the readiness of the EC ahead of the December polls which is 34 days away.

Speaking on Elections Headquarters on Joy FM Friday, Madam Sylvia Annor, Principle Public Relations Officer of the EC said the essence of the mock polls is to make sure that the EC is proactive because “with the introduction of the verification machine, it is anticipated that there may be little problems that have to be tidied and that is the reason for the pilot [exercise] so that we are able to know the kind of problems to be anticipated on December 7.”

“This is not the 7th December elections” she stressed, adding the populace should only attend the designated polling centres to partake in the exercise to help point out flaws ahead of real elections in December.

The voting will be secret and “once you are identified as belonging to party A or B it is an offence and you can be dealt with by the law”.

The EC, she added, will work with the security agencies to prevent violence at the mock voting but “I don’t believe that this is going to lead to any kind of tension,” she said.

She said police would be deployed to the centres to ensure a smooth exercise.