General News of Thursday, 17 December 2015
The Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei lamented to Parliament on Thursday about how her Commission has had their budget for the conduct of the 2016 election hugely cut down by the Finance Ministry.
Mrs. Osei said she proposed GHC1.2 billion as the actual cost for the conduct of next year’s general elections.
The amount, she noted, was hugely slashed by the Finance Ministry to GHc800 million causing a shortfall of GHc400 million.
Charlotte Osei would be conducting her first general elections as the boss of the EC since taking over from Dr. Afari Gyan.
Much is expected from her and the commission as the country is seen as an island of peace in a region of election-related disputes.
The slash in the budget of the commission, Adom News’ Parliamentary correspondent, said caused the EC to cut the number of polling stations from 30,000 to 29,000.
The former NCCE Boss also complained about the lack of offices for the Commission in the region.
Parliament is however yet to approve the budgetary allocations for the EC.