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EC to collate 2020 election results in three(3) stages

Mr. Michael Boadu, Director of Preparation, Electoral Commission (EC), said that a three-tier arrangement will be used to compile the results of the December 7 election against the two-step method used in previous elections.

To date, he said the results were collected at Constituency offices and moved for final collation and declaration of results directly to the National Office.

However, under the proposed arrangement, before proceeding to the National Office, collation will occur at the Regional Offices.

Mr. Boadu said that this new development would mean that the amount of results to be obtained would be decreased as election results were transferred from one Collation Centre to another.

“For example, a constituency with 100 polling stations will collect results from 100 polling stations, but when it moves to the Regional Office, the Ashanti Region, with the highest number of constituencies, will collect about 41 electoral results and, finally, only 16 regional results will be collected at the national level,” he said.

Mr Boadu made the disclosure to the editorial staff of the Ghana News Agency during an EC training program organized in Accra (GNA).

The training aims to enable the GNA staff and reporters to provide objective coverage of the election with the necessary information and understanding.

He said the extension to the collation process would not impede accountability as members of the different political candidates would be present at each center to observe the process, after which copies of the findings would be made available to them and released at the center.

As part of the preparations for the polls, Mr. Boadu said that the EC was conducting voter education across the country, along with television and radio ads.

He said election observers’ duty was simply to collect election data and analyze the facts in order to assess whether or not the processes involved were clear.

The voting mechanism has been made so open by the EC that it encourages anyone to participate and make their own personal collections. In order to report well, media practitioners must first know the laws regulating elections,” he said.

He claimed that accusations should not be reported because the evidence and reports should also contain items that were well done by the EC.

The training was appropriate, Mr. Albert Kofi Owusu, General Manager of the GNA, said, because it would help to improve professionalism in the Agency’s election study.

The Director of Editorial, GNA, Mrs Beatrice Asamani Savage, said it was critical for journalists to always rely on experts to acquire the required expertise to improve their work.

She encouraged reporters to apply the information gained on Election Day to separate themselves from their peers.

Source: Ghanaweb

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