The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is fully prepared to organize the December 15 by-election in Amenfi West constituency.
The Acting Director of Public Affairs at the Commission, Christian Owusu Parry said his outfit is fully equipped and ready saying, “as an election management body, we are ready for Tuesday’s by-election in the Amenfi West constituency.”
Four political parties; the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the United Freedom Party (UFP) are contesting the seat after the NDC Member of Parliament (MP), John Gyetuah, died on October 13, 2015.
Speaking on Radio Ghana’s Behind the News, Mr. Owusu Parry mentioned preparations done so far ahead of the by-election.
He explained that the Commission started its preparation “way ahead of the election.”
“We took the nominations on the 18 and 19 of November and shortly after that, we printed our notices of poll and educational posters and we sent them to the constituency for sensitization and education,” he said.
According to him, training the field operatives and we’ve finished training the trainers began on December 5 “and we are now doing the grassroot training that is the people who will actually man the polling stations.”
“Grassroot training will end on the 13 and as we speak now, all the ballot papers and all other material that goes with the election are ready. DIPAC which is the District Interparty Advisory Committee was held in the constituency today where the Commission met with the political parties to discuss some of the preparations for the elections and if the parties had any concerns, they will bring it to the Commission for redress,” he added.
Mr. Owusu Parry indicated that as soon as the training ends on the 13, “we will start sorting out the ballot boxes…at the dawn of the elections; we will start distributing the materials to the various polling stations so that by 7am, all the stations would have received their materials for voting.”