The meeting discussed among other things, preparations towards the 1st September, 2015 District Level Elections, increase in polling stations, continuous voter registration, update on electoral reforms and inspection of political parties head office.
Addressing the meeting, Mrs. Charlotte Osei said the Commission was almost through its preparations for the District Level Elections. She said ballot papers had already been printed and being dispatched to the regions.
The Chairperson disclosed that a total of 18,885 candidates are contesting the District Assembly Elections. This is made up of 1,102 females and 17,783 males.
There are a total of 43,585 candidates contesting the Unit Committees Elections, comprising 12,000 female candidates and 31,585 male candidates.
On the number of polling stations to be used for the 2016 general elections, the Chairperson disclosed that the number of polling stations would be increased from the current 26,002 to 30,000. This was accepted by all political parties.
Touching on the continuous voter registration, the Chairperson said, the registration would resume after the District Level Elections. She assures the political parties that they would be involved in the continuous voter registration exercise.
On the matter on the adoption of the recommendations in the report of the Electoral Reform Committee, accepted by the Commission in principle but which require further consultation with the political parties (IPAC) agreed that the Electoral Reforms Committee should be given an extended mandate for two weeks to come out with modalities for the implementation of those recommendations.
The Chairperson told the political parties at the IPAC meeting that, the Commission will fully enforce the Provisions of the Political Parties Act with effect from 1st January, 2016. The political parties were accordingly advised to comply with the provision of the Act by the close of the year.
The meeting also touched on the state of the register. The Chairperson told IPAC that the Commission is planning a stakeholder’s workshop on the state of the register and requested all political parties and Civil Society Organisations that wish to make a presentation at the workshop to submit both hard and soft copies of the presentation to the Commission by the close of work on Tuesday 22nd September, 2015.