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'Come out in your numbers and vote': EC disregards fresh suit on referendum

The Electoral Commission (EC) is urging areas affected by Thursday's referendum to come out in their numbers and vote massively.

Jean Mensah, EC Chairperson

A statement from the EC and signed by the Deputy Chair in charge of Corporate Services, Bossman Eric Asare, said the referendum will come off as scheduled despite a new suit seeking an injunction on the referendum.

“…The Commission calls on the general public to disregard that information. All arrangements are in place and the referendum will be held as scheduled,” the statement said. "...all eligible voters in the affected areas of Bono East, Ahafo, North East, Savanna, Western North and Oti to go out in their numbers to cast their votes on Thursday, 27th December, 2018 from 7:00am – 5:00pm.”

The call comes as two Ghanaians who reside in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region filed an application asking the court to halt and postpone the referendum seeking to create six new regions.

The applicants, Gabriel Aziaglo and Dan Louis Nikabo, argue that the EC has not been fair and transparent in its conduct prior to the referendum, and must be ordered to correct what they describe as “unlawful” acts.

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The two also argue that the EC has failed to publish the list of polling stations in the gazette thus violating the “applicants’ right to vote.”

They are praying the court to declare that the EC’s refusal to publish the list of the polling stations or places designated as polling stations for purposes of the referendum violates their right to vote.

“…A declaration that any list of polling stations given or which may have circulated from the Electoral Commission to any interested group is unlawful and null for lack of gazette. A declaration that any discretion purported to be exercised by the Electoral Commission by gazetting the list within a day or two or even within a week is unreasonable, capricious and actuated by lack of candour.

"An order against the Electoral Commission to postpone the polls scheduled for the 27th of December, 2018, for failure to comply with a condition precedent. An order that the Electoral Commission gazettes the list of polling stations for the referendum in compliance with its own regulation,” they said in their writ.

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