EC is determined to give Ghana credible polls ever on December 7-Ashanti EC Director assures

Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Kwesi Mensah Duku with some of the participants of the crime reporting forum at the Police Headquarters

The Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Benjamin Bano-Bio says the commission is determined to give the country its most credible elections ever on December 7.

According to him, the EC is aware of the stakes in the upcoming polls and hence its commitment to ensure the right things are done for a credible outcome.

Addressing media practitioners with special interests in crime reporting at the Ashanti Regional Police Headquarters in Kumasi, Mr Bano-bio said the December 7 polls is a unique one which has a former President and an incumbent president contesting.

This, he noted places huge responsibility on the commission to ensure every process is clean and transparent.

The EC official said despite its belief that the biometric systems would ensure an incident free polls on December 7, he noted that there were back up plans when the unexpected happens.

According to him, manual verification will be the last resort to ensure persons who may have suffered trauma either on their faces or hands before the polls are enabled to cast their votes on election day.

He revealed that unlike previous occasions where names that were not found in the system were manually written on some forms, the EC will have a multiple list to authenticate every claim from any person who comes to the polling station.

Mr Bano-bio said the Commission has tasked all Presiding officers to ensure all legitimate processes are observed at the polling stations including a recount of ballots when any party agent requests for same.

Addressing the media practitioners earlier, DCOP Mr David Agyemang Adjem, Deputy Regional Police Commander for Ashanti urged for proper collaboration between the service and the media.

This, he noted would enhance the work of both outfits and ensure better outcomes as the country heads for elections in December.

He noted the Police is aware that the media thrives on news but added that the latter should not run with unconfirmed reports when they can verify or authenticate same from the Public Affairs Directorate of the Service.

DCOP Adjem said a good relationship between both outfits would help calm nerves as the general election and Christmas draw close.

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