Govt Releases Funds For District Assembly Elections

The Government has released GH¢55,455,377.83 ($24,205,752.00) to the Electoral Commission (EC) for the conduct of the 2014 District Assembly Elections.

A statement to the Ghana News Agency by the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday said the amount was released on January 28.

The Government, therefore, noted with concern media reports that the EC had postponed the District Assembly Elections because no funds had been released for the conduct of the elections.

“We wish to state emphatically that Government has fulfilled its obligation to the EC in respect of the district level elections.

“The amount released is in respect of the EC’s request to procure biometric machines, update, maintain and support data centre’s hardware and software and the maintenance of wide area network.

“This should bring to an end the controversy surrounding the release of funds to the EC for the conduct of the 2014 District Level Elections,” the statement said.

According to the 1994 District Assembly Elections Act 473, “elections to a district assembly shall be held every four years, except that the elections shall be held at least six months away from parliamentary elections”.