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24.11.2008 Elections

Polling Agents in Effutu constituency undergo orientation


Polling Agents from the various political parties in next month's elections have been urged to be conversant with the electoral process and do away with electoral offences.

A Returning Officer for the Effutu Constituency, Mr Seth Panwum gave the advice at a day's orientation exercise for 301 Polling Station Agents made up of 251 men and 50 women from 4 political parties.

The Agents drawn from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), would represent their various parties at the 42 polling stations in the Effutu Constituency during the December general elections.

It was organised by the Effutu Municipal Electoral Commission to sensitize the Agents on the rules and regulation of the elections.

Mr Panwum reminded them that it was an offence to inspect voter I.D. cards while prospective voters are in a queue to exercise their franchise and advised them to be vigilant and ensure that the electoral process is strictly adhered to.

He said that Polling Agents do not take part in the counting process, must not handle electoral materials and also not to be in any party apparel like T-Shirts and party symbols during the day of voting.

Earlier in a welcoming address, another Returning Officer, Mr Alex Bernard Ankomah, advised Polling Station Agents to be abreast with the electoral laws in order to discharge their duties professionally.

He urged them not to allow their political affiliations over rule their civic duties.