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12.11.2008 General News

'Don't Use Your Position To Control Elections'

By Castro Zangina-Tong, Takoradi - newtimesonline.com

District municipal and metropolitan chief executives have been cautioned against using their positions to control presiding officers on the day of election.

Also, persons who attempt to disrupt the electoral process on that day will be arrested and prosecuted since the polling stations are “restricted areas and should not be undermined”.

In the same vein, security and media personnel should live up to their responsibilities by exhibiting professionalism in the course of duty.

Mr. David A. Kanga, Deputy Chairman of Finance and Administration of the Electoral Commission and commission member in charge of Eastern and Central Regions, gave the caution at a day's capacity building workshop for media personnel in Koforidua yesterday.

It was sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (NIDM) and facilitated by the KAB Governance Consult (KGC).

According to Mr. Kanga, the EC has adequate materials to distribute to the various polling centres throughout the country on time in the election day.

He stated that the commission was poised to organise an election, whose “impeccable results” would be accepted by all the political parties as well as the international observers adding that “we at the commission will not do anything negative to throw our peaceful motherland into anarchy”.

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