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28.11.2008 Elections

Ballot Papers Airlifted To 3 Northern Regions

By Clement Atagra -

THE Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday began air-lifting ballot papers for the December 7 general election to various parts of the country.

“The first batch of the papers left the premises of the Commission at 7 a.m. bound for Tamale for onward distribution, a source at the EC told the Times.

It could, however, not tell when the second batch would be airlifted from the Air Force base.

Meanwhile, security was said to be very tight at the printing houses where the papers were being printed.

The security printers include Innolink Limited, Buck Press and Check Point Limited.

Security at the printing  houses, according to Times information, is made up of personnel of national security and the EC, as well as representatives of the various political parties and the printing houses' own internal security.

The Times on Tuesday, (November 25, quoted the Director of Elections, Albert Kofi Arhin, as saying that distribution of election ballots was expected to begin that day.

He said the ballot papers were to be kept in police armouries to ensure their safety.

He also disclosed that the insensitive  electoral materials such as the imprint pads has already been dispatched to the regions.