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roles of a voter

DO's DON'T's
Vote during elections Abstain from bribery
Vote only once in a particular election Don't engage in multiple voting
Keep your voter's ID card safe Avoid undue influence
Leave the polling station after casting your vote Avoid impersonation
Keep your secret
Be law-abiding at the polling station
Give other voters the chance to vote
Encourage other voters to participate in elections

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When you go to your voting location you should bring along your voter registration card. Once the election official has processed your documentation they will present you with your ballot.

Your ballot contains the list of candidates running for election in your electoral district. To vote for a candidate, mark your ballot in secret behind a voting privacy screen. To mark your ballot, place your thumbprint beside the name of the candidate you would like to vote for. Then, return to the election official and place your ballot in the ballot box.

Voting Steps:

  1. On election day, go to the Polling Station with your Voter ID card and join the queue if any. Please don’t jump the queue
  2. A polling assistant will check your particulars in the name reference list
  3. A verification officer will verify your identity as a registered voter with the verification machine.
  4. You will be issued with a Presidential Ballot paper. Please check to see if it has no marks on it. Also, ensure it has the validating stamp.
  5. Make your way to the Voting Booth and thumbprint (correctly) your choice of candidate.
  6. Cast your vote in the Presidential Ballot Box. Please make sure it’s the right box
  7. Proceed to the next Polling Assistant for a Parliamentary Ballot Paper
  8. Proceed to the Parliamentary Voting Booth and thumbprint (correctly) your choice of MP
  9. Cast your ballot in the Parliamentary Voting Box. Please make sure it is in the correct box or it will be rejected.
  10. Please leave the Polling Station after voting. You can return at 5 pm for the count.

There are 28,992 polling stations in the country. These stations are set up to provide a venue for voters to go vote on election day. Voters are assigned to their designated polling stations permanently.

The adage “Where you register is where you vote” resulted from this principle of localized polling.

You can only vote at your residence precinct’s assigned polling station. If you go to a different polling place, your name will not appear on the roster and you might not be allowed to vote.

Every Citizen of Ghana of eighteen years of age or above and of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for public elections and referenda.

The official date and time for the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections are to be announced.

Anyone who is registered can apply for a proxy vote. You are required to provide a reason for absence when you apply for a proxy vote.

You can apply for a proxy vote on the following criteria:

  • Illness or disability: You have an illness or physical condition that prevents you to go to the polling station on election day.
  • Employment or military service. Your work prevents you to go to the polling station on election day.
  • Education. Your attendance in an educational course prevents you from going to the polling station on election day.
  • Absence due to Personal Reasons. You are unable to go to your local polling station on election day. For example, if you are away on holiday.
  • Overseas: You are a Ghanaian citizen living overseas.

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