President Mahama has hinted that the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) will hire experts to train the party members on how to properly cast their votes in the upcoming elections.
President Mahama was speaking at a campaign rally at Wassa Akropong in the Western Region, with barely a week for the general elections.
“This year, I want us to widen the gap. The law states that you can only win with 50% plus, in 2012 we crossed that figure we had 50.7%. But they said the gap was not too much hence the court case which lingered for a while. But if we are able to widen the gap and get 56% or 60% they won’t be able to dispute it."
He also said that the members who will be trained will be given sample ballot sheets to also educate others on how to vote.
In the 2012 general elections, 2.3 percent of the total votes cast were rejected by the Electoral Commission (EC). The rejected ballots (about 251,720 votes) recorded more ballots than most political parties that contested in the elections.
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In 2008 205,438 ballots were also rejected in the general elections which saw Prof John Mills declared the winner. In this year too the figure was more than the votes recorded by some of the presidential candidates.
Even though this trend has been a source of worry to most stakeholders, some members of the general public have questioned the role of the NDC and political parties at large in educating people on how to vote especially when the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) is under-resourced to perform its mandate.