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Maintain 5 pm end of polls – Majority Leader urges EC

Source The Ghana Report

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to stick to the 5 pm end of polls schedule during general elections.

According to him, keeping to this schedule will ensure no eligible voter is disenfranchised.

The EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa, while addressing participants at an inter-party dialogue and stock-taking conference organised by the National Peace Council in Accra last Thursday, December 5, emphasised that the adjustment of the closing time for polls from 5 pm to 3 pm aims to facilitate the transparent and orderly collation of votes by electoral officers in broad daylight.

Reacting to the proposal by the EC while debating the 2024 budget approval for the Electoral Commission, the Majority Leader said the 5 pm schedule must be maintained.

“The attempt to reduce voting time from 5 pm to 3 pm, again we should interrogate it. I believe it is too early for the EC to do it. [On Tuesday], when I went to vote, the materials had not been assembled yet. Even though I got there at 8:15, I had to stay until 9:20 to start voting, already two hours wasted.

“We didn’t have to bring the conclusion from 5 pm to 3 pm. Then the voters would have lost about four hours…So let’s all stick to the 5 pm of voting,” he said.

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