EC organizes orientation for newly appointed officers

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mrs Jean Mensa ,Wednesday, 13th November charged newly appointed officers of the Commission to create a level playing field for all parties and conduct their official activities without fear or favour.
She was speaking at a two- day orientation program organized for 158 newly appointed officers at the Best Western Hotel in Accra. Congratulating them on their appointments , the Chairperson charged the officers to exhibit a high level of professionalism, discipline and integrity. The Deputy Chairman in charge of Corporate Services, Dr. Bossman Eric Asare, advised the officers to be non partisan in the discharge of their duties and also strive for excellence wherever they are placed.
He further asked them to match their actions and inaction with the confidence reposed in them by the Commission in appointing them as officers. On his part,the Deputy Chairman of Operations, Mr. Samuel Tettey, urged them to work together in harmony with their colleagues to achieve the overall objective of the Commission.
Present at the orientation were Mrs. Rebecca Adjalo, Ms. Adwoa Asuama Abrefa, Commission Members as well as regional and head office Directors of the EC .
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EC and Police reactivate Elections Security Task Force

The Electoral Commission (EC) and the Police Administration have reactivated the Elections Security Task Force to effectively address election security issues in the upcoming District Level Elections, the Referendum and the 2020 general election.

Made up of heads of security agencies, the task force would plan and provide a conducive atmosphere to ensure security before, during and after the elections.
They will serve as the front line for election intelligence gathering and analysis of information in support of law enforcement for national security. Mrs Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the EC speaking at a ceremony in Accra to inaugurate the task force said elections had become the lifeblood of society and the quest for power had become fierce.

“In the bid to capture power, our politicians and their supporters use all manner of methods to achieve their goals. In the wake of this our security and safety are not spared,” she said.
“We witness a target approach by elements in the society to cause mayhem to destabilise the peace and threaten lives in a bid to control power and resource”.

Mrs Mensa noted that the commission experienced its share of violence and threats regarding elections and urged all stakeholders to take steps to educate citizens on the growing trend. She said another phenomenon was the use of social media to disseminate fake news during elections, adding that such acts created disaffection, undermined credibility and integrity as well as promoted unrest. Mrs Mensa pledged commission’s willingness to work closely with the election security task force and key stakeholders to ensure all elections were free, fair and violent free.

Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, the Inspector General of Police, said elections played a critical role in the country’s democratic dispensation hence the need to provide the requisite security to create an enabling and conducive atmosphere for the electorate to go to polls and exercise their constitutional right without fear.
He said it was the desire of the taskforce to continue with the success history of peaceful, free, fair elections in the country.

Mr Oppong-Boanuh, who Chairs the Taskforce, said the group would have seven sub-committees each namely joint operation, personnel mobilisation, ballot security, intelligence gathering, finance, media and transport.
He expressed the confidence that the team would play its roles effectively and efficiently to deliver on its mandate of helping to securing free, fair, transparent and credible elections.

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The Electoral Commission to conduct credible, free, fair and transparent ‘trio’ elections

The Electoral Commission (EC), in its quest to conduct credible, free, fair and transparent ‘trio’ elections on Wednesday met the Police Management Advisory Board to commence discussions bordering on security.

The ‘trio’ are the election of the District Assembly and Unit Committee members as well as the Referendum, which is expected to take place on December 17, 2019. It is believed that this forms the critical core of the country’s decentralisation process by way of helping in the exercise of political and administrative authority in the districts, provide guidance, give direction, and supervise the other administrative authorities in the districts.

Briefing the heads of departments, Mrs. Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the EC, said the Commission was ready to re-ignite its partnership with the National Election Security Task Force (NESTF) headed by the Police Administration.
Among the team were her two deputies – Mr Samuel Tettey, the Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations, Dr Bossman Eric Asare, the Deputy Chairman in-charge of Corporate Services and Madam Rebecca Adjalo, a Commissioner.

Mrs Mensa also briefed them about the activities the EC would be undertaking before, during and after elections that included the nomination of contestants for Assembly and Unit Committee Members, the campaign season and the elections. She said the Commission had learnt valuable lessons from the violence that occurred close to a polling station during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections and issues that emanated during the referendum to create the six new regions hence the need to plan well.

Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, the Acting Inspector General of Police gave an assurance that the Police Administration together with the members of the NESTF would provide the needed security for electoral officials to operate freely for voters to have the freedom to cast their votes peacefully. He commended the Commission for its approach of initiating meetings with key stakeholders especially the security agencies to develop strategies, systems and structures for the conduct of free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

“This is a good and laudable innovation. It is good that we have started planning together,” he added.
Mr Oppong-Boanuh urged the Commission and the relevant bodies to commence education campaign on the upcoming elections to help people to understand the nature and form it would take. Asked about the nature of the trio elections, Dr Asare explained that across the polling stations nationwide, there will be three ballot boxes and screens and each voter will be given three different ballot papers separately.

He said each electorate on the day in question, would be required to vote on the three themes separately.
Dr Asare stated that the process would take the form of the regular general presidential and parliamentary elections. However, he said the difference with this ‘trio’ election, would be the addition of an additional ballot box.
“An electorate will first receive one ballot paper to vote for a candidate of his or her choice for the Unit Committee and go for a second ballot to vote for the candidate of choice for the District Assembly and same for the referendum.
When asked about the possibility of a voter soiling the second or third ballot paper with ink after casting the first vote, Mr Tettey replied that the EC would provide wipes to clean the ink after every vote cast.
He said the Commission had taken steps to ensure that all logistical arrangements was made on time to facilitate a smooth process.

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