Sheikh Aremeyaw, an advisory board member with the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), exhorted the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure that the hitches that characterised Tuesday?s special voting exercise are properly addressed to ensure a smooth voting process on Friday.

Speaking Tuesday on Joy FM?s Top Story, he mentioned reports of the ?intermittent breakdown? of the voter verification machine at Tumu, Upper West Region, though he conceded that the machines are susceptible to weather conditions there.

He also appealed to Ghanaians to be patient if the system does not function properly on Friday.

He also called on the EC to prepare its officials as best it can to ensure a complication-free election, remarking that, ?for us, the smoothness of the process is key to the credibility of the whole process and we should do everything to ensure that we have a smooth election?.

However, Sheikh Aremeyaw, who claimed that CODEO is very ?close to the EC and [has] been monitoring? its activities, added that CODEO is ?confident? in the process so far including registration, the distribution of ballot papers under the careful watch of security personnel, and the training of EC technicians.

He explained that CODEO does not ?want to sound pessimistic,? and charged the EC to conduct the election in a ?fair and firm? manner.

Sylvia Annor, Principal Public Relations Officer of the Electoral Commission, was satisfied that the verification machines, which many predicted would lead to serious interruptions of the electoral process, worked properly at most polling stations.

She said that EC officials had toured a number of stations and found all the machines working perfectly.

Madam Annor assured the public that the machines have been tested and proven to be efficient and capable of handling Friday?s task, insisting there is no cause for alarm.

She furthered noted that the machines run on ?AA? batteries and do not need to be plugged in, making them impervious to power outages, and described the verification process as ?quicker,? an ?improvement? over past years.

?It is pleasing to note that. It is ok when we do something right and you tell us, and not only look at petty, petty negatives and blow them out of proportion, you are talking about the positive, and I think it is good for democracy.?

Though some security personnel who were supposed to vote on Tuesday did not find their names on the special voters list, Madam Annor assured that since their names are in the voters? register, they will not be disenfranchised.

She asked persons unsyre of where to vote to text their 10-digit voter ID numbers to 1413.

The special voting exercise ended in most part of the country at 5pm, but in the Bono Ahafo Region, Joy FM?s Kuuku Abban reported that over 300 people werequeued to vote after 5:30pm at the Regional Police command.

He said that there had been pandemonium earlier in the day with security personnel ?shoving and pushing each other? because the queue was moving slowly than they had expected it to. The situation there returned to normal when the long, winding queue was divided into two.

Source Joy News Ghana


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