Friday, June 27, 2008

EC ready with replaced Voter Identity Cards

The management of Electoral Commission (EC) on Friday said it had almost completed processing replaced Voter Identity Cards for resident applicants and ready for collection at its Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Offices.

However, it complained about non-resident applicants which the Commission is finding it extremely difficult to process because of inadequate information about their voter particulars.

Mr Isaac Owusu, Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of the Commission announced this at a meeting between management of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and leadership of registered political parties in Kumasi.

He explained that non-resident applicants with inadequate voter particulars could visit their offices for correction and collection as the exercise was on-going.

The meeting is the second in series for Regional Directors, Regional News Editors and Heads of Programmes about the comprehensive, transparent and equitable coverage of political parties campaigning for smooth Election 2008.

Representatives of seven political parties and the Commission attended the meeting.

They were, NDC, CPP, PNC, GCPP, RPD, DPP and DFP.

Mr Owusu said 56 team operators had so far been trained for the impending voter registration and exhibition exercise.

Alhaji Amadu Yirisah, Ashanti Regional Director of GBC, said as a state broadcaster, GBC was expected to provide equal and fair coverage to all registered political parties as required by the 1992 Constitution.

He reminded the leadership of the political parties on the need to inform the GBC about their intended programmes at least 48 hours before the event to enable the news team prepare for them.

Representatives of the political parties, expressed their appreciation to the management and staff of GBC, for explaining the process on coverage to them.

They were optimistic that the rules and regulations would be rigidly complied with to make the electoral field level for all political parties.

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