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24.12.2008 Elections

UCC students cancel their transferred votes

UCC students cancel their transferred votes
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A total of 1,187 students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) have cancelled the transfers they made to enable them to vote on campus in the Cape Coast constituency, during the December 7 election.

This follows a directive from the Electoral Commission (EC) asking students, who were now on vacation, and who wished to cancel such transfers to do so.

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Electoral Officer, Mr Anthony Nyame, who made this known in an interview with the GNA at Cape Coast on Tuesday, said a total of 5,974 students and non-students transferred their votes to the constituency for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

He could, however, not give the actual number of students who had their votes transferred because the names of all such applicants "had been mixed up".

In a related development, the Central Regional Directorate of the EC says it has made proposals to its head office to split some of the 1,763 polling stations in the Central Region, in order to quicken the voting process at polling stations that have more than 1,500 registered voters.

According to the Regional Director of the EC, Mr Samuel Tettey if the proposals were approved, the Awutu-Efutu-Senya Constituency would get additional 21 polling stations, with the Cape Coast and Agona constituencies getting eight, and four, respectively. He said Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, Mfantseman and Gomoa, would also have three, two, and one additional polling stations, in that order adding that there would not be additional polling stations created in the remaining 13 constituencies.

On the readiness of the EC for the run-off on Sunday, he said the EC has received all the necessary materials needed, and appealed to voters in the Region to turnout in their numbers to vote in order to impact on the outcome of the elections.

Meanwhile the special voting is going on smoothly at the designated polling station at the Regional Police Headquarters.


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