Election 2020 is just around the corner and preparations are far advanced for its smooth run. Surely, Dec 7 will surely go down the historic archives as one of the keenly contested poll. Amid this Coronavirus pandemic and the death of former president Jerry John Rawlings: and with the political campaigns halted, politicians have a lot to do in order to drum home their manifestoes to the targeted electorates. As the referee for the pending polls, the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission has been strategizing to make the exercise a free and fair one.
According to the EC, all the 16 regions will receive the electoral materials they require for the 2020 elections by Friday, November 20, this year.
The electoral materials include ballot papers, the voters’ register, thumbprint pads, voting screens, stationery, identification jackets, polling station booths, rechargeable lamps, indelible ink, educational posters, seals, and COVID-19 items such as Veronica buckets and sanitizer.
The Chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Jean Mensa, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview, added that all the political parties had also received their copies of the voters’ register.
The interview comes after the two Deputy Chairpersons of the EC, Dr. Bossman Eric Asare and Mr. Samuel Tettey, had met the Deputy United Nations Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, who is in the country on an official visit ahead of the December 7 polls and to familiarise herself with support efforts towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the meetings were the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the African Union (AU) and Head of the United Nations Office to the AU, Ms. Hannah Serwaa Tetteh; the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, and the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Mr. Charles Abani.