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30.12.2010 Elections

Stop post-mortem of Elections and assist EC!… Expert

By myjoyonline
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Governance and Legal Policy Officer of the Center for Democratic Development – Ghana (CDD) Mr. Kojo Asante has told Joy FM that events leading up to the district level elections suggested that the exercise was going to be fraught with problems.

According to Mr. Asante the low publicity which was given the exercise has also affected turnout and enthusiasm.

According to Mr. Asante, the present time was not appropriate for doing a post-mortem, but rather for all stakeholders in the elections to assist the Ghana Electoral Commission to ensure that elections are done in all the areas where voting has been postponed.

Earlier on, another governance think tank – the Institute of Democratic Development (IDEG) had predicted that the late submission and passage of the Legislative Instrument (LI) 1983 by Parliament, the several changes in the date for the elections, from the expected month of July to October 26 and finally to December 28, the delays in the release of funds from central government to the EC would force yhe EC to conduct the elections at the peak of the Christmas holidays; a situation which they said would reinforce voter apathy. IDEG cited similar instances such as in the year 2002 where voter turnout was 33 per cent, while in 2006 it was 44 per cent.

Story by Sedem Ofori/Joy FM

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