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ELECTION 2012: No Special Voting For Media...Thousands To Be Disenfranchised


ELECTION 2012: No Special Voting For Media...Thousands To Be Disenfranchised

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The Electoral Commission (EC) says there will be no early voting for the media in this year's election which is some three weeks away.

Principal Public Relations Officer for the EC, Mrs. Sylvia Annor, made the disquieting revelation on Wednesday.

Most often, security personnel, media practitioners, staff of the Electoral Commission (EC), and other organisations, as well as some executives of the various political parties, cast their votes in the special voting.

The special voting exercise is to free the selected voters who would be providing critical services on voting day, or would have duties outside their voting centres.

However, speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Madam Sylvia Annor said there will not be any such special dispensation for the media this year.

“There are several changes in the electioneering processes. The new law being used, CI 72 indicates that anybody who wants to take part in the early voting, you must be an official of the Electoral Commission or a security personnel whose services will be required on Election Day. Even that you have to write an application to the EC 42 days before elections…” she asserted.

According to Madam Sylvia Annor, the only way out for journalists is to wake up early to cast their votes on December 7th to avoid the long queues.

“We have no choice than to abide by what the law says and so what can be done is for the media to strategize and plan in such a way that they can wake up early and vote on December 7th to avoid any long queues. Once you know you will be covering the election and you are not part of the early voters then it’s a matter of strategizing…” she added.

Source: Rebecca Addo-Tetteh/Peacefmonline.com



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