Election 2016: EC to engage over 200k presiding officers

EC boss Charlotte Osei

The Electoral Commission (EC) has revealed it will be engaging over 200,000 presiding officers in the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections across all the 29,000 polling stations.

This, according to the commission’s Deputy Communications Director, Yusif Alhassan Ayuba, will ensure credible elections come December 7.

He said per the resolve of the Commission to ensure free, fair and credible elections, the minimum qualification of a prospective Presiding Officer will be a degree.

Also there will be a comprehensive background check of them to ensure that those to be recruited are people of integrity, he added.

“So the basic requirement for you to become a Presiding Officer is to have a degree or a senior officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES),” Mr. Ayuba told Accra-based Class FM, Wednesday.

“Therefore, we are very confident that come December 2016 we would have one of the best elections that Ghana has witnessed,” he pointed out.

He said electoral officers to be recruited by the Commission will be made to swear an oath before an officer of the judiciary which will “let them know that this exercise that they are going to undertake is a very serious exercise and therefore they will be circumspect in what they do at the various polling stations.”

Hitherto recruits for the purposes of elections in the country used to swear an oath before officers of the EC.

This, Mr. Ayuba explained, will instill seriousness in them when they swear before an officer of the court.

He said the commission also realised that there is the need to ensure that those who are going to manage the electoral process are given training in order to effectively conduct the elections.

He said the commission has increased the number of days to train its officials, reducing the theory aspect of the training for a more practical aspect.

Simulations, he added, will be done for them to know exactly what to be done at the polling stations.

“These, we believe will enhance the quality of work during elections,” he said.

The EC Tuesday rolled out 27 electoral reforms to ensure free, fair and credible elections this year. These reforms were adopted after the EC set up a committee to look at the reforms proposed by the Supreme Court.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Mohammed Awal

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