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25.11.2004 Politics

Electorate asked to keep voter's ID cards in safely

By GNA

Mamponteng (Ash), Nov 25, GNA - Eligible voters, who have lost their voters' identity cards (ID) and have requested for replacement have been urged to keep them safely.

The Reverend Osei Bonsu Nsiah, Kwabre District Electoral Officer, who gave this advice, said this was very crucial because in the event of not finding their ID cards on the Election Day, they could present the receipt to vote.

He said this at the District Inter-Party Advisory Committee (DIPAC) meeting at Mamponteng on Wednesday.

The meeting, the second in a series was to enable the Committee to discuss pertinent issues concerning next month's elections. He said since it was an offence to remove or deface campaign posters, party activists should not paste posters anywhere to create confusion.

Rev Nsiah said the Electoral Commission (EC) was committed to free and fair elections and, therefore, urged political parties to give it the necessary support and co-operation during and after the election. He said poll books and electoral checklist and other materials would be made available to solve problems that would arise on the Election Day.

The Electoral Officer said there were 13 registered blind people in the Kwabre District with seven of them in Kwabre East and six in the West Constituencies.

"One deaf person in the East, four physically disabled two in each constituency and one aged person in the East", he said.

Rev Nsiah said his outfit had received 75 transfers of vote requests from the Kwabre East constituency and 20 requests from the West.

He said there was the need for various political party officials who would visit polling centres to respect electoral laws and accord the presiding officers the needed recognition to ensure peace and tranquillity at the centres on the Election Day.

He appealed to chiefs, assembly members and unit committee members to assist the EC to provide canopies for its 44 temporary booths in the constituencies.

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