Electoral Commission Agitations for better pay no cause for 'wahala' - EC assures

Workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) are demanding 50 percent of their salary as allowances for their inability to engage in social and political activities for fear of being tagged political.

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has given the strongest assurance that it is on course to deliver more transparent and credible polls in spite of agitations for better-working conditions by workers of the Commission.

Workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) are demanding 50 percent of their salary as allowances for their inability to engage in social and political activities for fear of being tagged political.

The demand was made in a leaked internal memo for negotiations delivered to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission in Accra by the workers of the Commission.

“There are certain public places open to all that employees of the Commission cannot participate since they may be wanting. The exercise of neutrality becomes more sensitive during and after the conduct of elections since we are most of the times perceived wrongly by our actions in the course of our work,” the memo said.

The EC workers also demanded 30 gallons of fuel monthly for officers at the Regional Directorates and the Head Office who use their vehicles for official duties.

There are fears that their concerns might disrupt their work towards the general elections.

But commenting on the matter, the Head of Communications at the EC, Eric Dzakpasu said the agitations by the workers are very normal and will in no way prevent smooth preparation towards the December polls.

“Labour agitations are very normal to every organisation. Workers at a certain point in time feel they are not having enough and may naturally want a top-up.

“I’m not too sure workers of the EC say if you don’t pay us, there is going to be 'wahala,” he said.

Earlier in January this year, the workers union and the Senior Staff Association of the Electoral Commission (EC), served notice of an impending strike over poor salaries and conditions of service.

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