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About 30,000 People Disqualified From Voting On Dec 7 – EC Discloses

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As the much-awaited day of election approaches, the election body of Ghana, the Electoral Commission has disclosed that about 30,000 out of the over 16 million people who took part in the nationwide voter registration exercise have been disqualified.

Confirming the news, Dr Eric Bossman Asare, Deputy EC Commissioner in charge of Corporate Services, indicated that about 14,000 of the 30,000 disqualified voters had been put on the Exceptions List while about 16,000 names have been put on the Multiple List.

According to him, a name is put on the Exceptions List after it has been excluded from the Provisional Register on the grounds of disqualification thus registration outside the stipulated time.

With the Multiple List, it contains the names and photographs of persons who have registered more than once.

“They cannot vote because they had engaged in infractions,” Dr Bossman Asare said.

Dr Asare Bossman made the revelation in an interview via a current affairs programme on Joy News on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

He explained that the disqualification of these 30,000 people went through a legal process, presided over by a judge after their eligibility was challenged.

Dr Asare Bossman said although a few issues popped up during the voters registration exercise, the EC has been able to ensure that every Ghanaian who registered in the just ended exercise would be able to vote on December 7.

“Your details are intact. Your biometric details – fingerprint, facial recognition – all of them are intact. So, the Commission is assuring all the good people of this country. Once you took part in the registration, your details are intact. You are part of the 17 million or so people,” he stressed.

 

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Official: Prez Akufo Addo Declares December 7 As A Public Holiday

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The President has declared Election Day, 7th December as a public holiday by an Executive Instrument.

The is according to a statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.

This decision was taken following the submission of a proposal to the President by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Mensa, the statement noted.

It stated that the proposal has the blessing of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).

By this directive, 4th December which was supposed to be observed as a statutory public holiday will no longer be observed.

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Election 2020: “Taking photos of your ballot is an offence and you can be arrested” – EC

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has warned, ahead of the election, that anyone who is seen taking a photo (or photos) of their ballot can be arrested.

This announcement comes on the back of the videos and photos that were flying left-right centre during the special voting exercise which took place yesterday were security personnel, media practitioners and other essential workers voted ahead of time.

In one of these videos, a military man is heard announcing his reasons for voting against John Mahama of the NDC where he said it would be an unwise decision on his part to vote of the opposition party.

Although the security has taken steps to arrest and interdict some of these persons, the EC is reiterating that on December 7, a voter will be arrested if he or she takes photos or videos of the ballot.

“If you finish and you tell people who you voted for, that is fine but it is an offence for you to take photos of it and be showing it to people. That breaches the secrecy of the ballot. In the view of the law you can be arrested,” The Director of Electoral Services at the Commission, Dr Serebour Quaicoe said in an interview with Citi FM.

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“Kill Owusu Bempah and Jean Mensa” – Appiah Stadium Curses At The Cemetary-VIDEO

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Appiah Stadium an astute member and supporter of the NDC, for obvious reasons, has taken Ghana’s Dec 7 elections to another level as he is seen cursing people.

Appiah Stadium who wants the NDC to win the election paid a visit to his dear departed ones at the cemetery with Schnapp to pour a libation on her mother’s grave to ask for her to help the NDC win the election which comes off in some days time.

Appiah Stadium talked about all his predicament under the NPP Akufo Addo’s regime and asked for the ghosts to help Mahama win.

He further went ahead to ask the ghosts to call EC Chair  Jean Mensa and Prophet Owusu Bempah to join them in the land of the dead if Mahama wins the elections.

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