19.03.2004 Politics

EC increases allowances of the Registration Officials

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Accra, March 19, GNA- The Electoral Commission on Friday increased the allowances of all registration officials by 50,000 cedis after consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. The adjusted allowances are: Registration Supervisor from 250,000 to 300,000; Deputy Registration Supervisor from 220,000 to 270,000; Registration Officer 200,000 to 250,000 and "shader", from 120,000 to 170,000.
Cameramen and Laminators for both Upper East and West regions would also receive 220,000 and 170,000 respectively instead of 180,000 and 140,000 originally budgeted for.
A statement signed by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra announcing the increment said it would cost the nation an additional 4.6 billion cedis.
Dr Afari-Gyan therefore appealed to all Registration Officials to henceforth apply themselves diligently to this important national exercise and strictly observe the stipulated opening and closing time of 0700 hours and 1800 hours.
It would be recalled that Registration officials on Wednesday rejected the EC's offer of 200,000 cedis and 120,000 cedis, for Registration officers (RO) and their assistants, respectively, and instead proposed 700,000 cedis and 420,000 cedis.
Mr Hope Logoh, Registration Officer of the Klowe Koe Electoral Area in the Teshie-Nungua Estate, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency, said a number of electoral officers met and resolved that: "The EC's offer is unrealistic and economically unreasonable for it to pay less than 1,300 cedis for an hour of brain work."
They, therefore, appealed to the EC, Government and Ghana's development partners, especially Britain, Canada and Australia to come to their aid to support the registration exercise.
Mr Logo noted that the registration exercise was quite cumbersome and time consuming and demanded the total concentration of officials for accurate data to be compiled at the end of the period.
The Registration Officer said: "We are at the receiving end of some of the operational inefficiencies. We are at times abused and attacked by some members of the communities we serve."
"For these sacrifices we must be adequately compensated and not to be slapped in the face with peanuts," he said, adding, "morale for the exercise is waning and this may cause considerable damage to the exercise and the democratic process if immediate action is not taken to ensure that we are adequately compensated".

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