The dialogue was also aimed at briefing the candidates on the reforms implemented this year, the role of the Candidate’s agents in the electoral process and the Commission’s preparedness to deliver credible and transparent elections.
A statement signed by Mr Eric Dzakpsu, the Head of Communications at the EC, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Mrs Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the EC, highlighted the various integrity measures put in place to guarantee the credibility of the ballots.
They include the following measures:
– Ballot issuers required to hold up each ballot paper issued for scrutiny of all at
the Polling Station and to ensure its validation before handing it over to the voter.
– Polling Stations to be set up in a standardised manner that minimises security
threats, improves transparency, ensures that agents are placed in positions that
allow them to play their roles effectively and protects the secrecy of the ballot.
– All Presiding Officers to be issued with gloves, which must be worn before the sorting of ballots and counting.
– Presiding Officers and Returning Officers to issue copies of collation sheets to
– That Results Collation Sheets have unique serial numbers and are personalised to each Polling Station.
– Replacement Results Collation Sheets printed for use in the event of damage or loss of the personalised Results Collation sheets are a different colour and also have unique serial numbers.
– Electronic transmission of the results to be implemented by the Commission is an
added layer of integrity to the process.
– The Electronic Results Transmission System is also encrypted, making it impossible for anyone to interfere with or manipulate the results.
– The colour of the indelible ink would be different from the ink on the thumbprint pad to help reduce the number of rejected ballots resulting from accidental markings on the ballot papers from indelible ink on fingers.
The statement said in addition to broadcasting the results collation process live on television, and publishing the results on the Commission’s website, the EC had developed a mobile
application, which would give the public real-time access to the officially certified results.
The mobile app (ThumbsApp) would soon be available on the android and IOS platforms for download.
The statement said the candidates on their part sought clarifications on the challenges with the special voters list and requested the Commission to consider extending the exercise to allow all legitimate security officers to exercise their franchise.
It said the Commission assured the candidates that it would work with the hierarchy of the security agencies to ensure that all security personnel were given the opportunity to vote.