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.
|2015 TALENSI BY-ELECTION RESULTS DATA SHEET|
|PROVISIONAL FIGURES BASED ON TUESDAY, 07TH JULY POLLS|
|Candidate Name||Party||Votes Obtained||Candid %||Rank|
|DENNIS ATIAH TAMBIL||IPP||38||0.16%||8|
|JAMES MAMBORA DOUBIL||NVP||93||0.38%||5|
|BENSON TONGO BABA||NDC||10,366||42.31%||1|
|WOMBEOGO MICHAEL NAMALTENG||PNC||6,836||27.90%||3|
|YARO BAMEEZINA PHILIP||GFP||58||0.24%||6|
|WUNI THOMAS PEARSON DUANAB||NPP||6,845||27.94%||2|
|Total Valid Votes||24,499|
|Total Rejected Votes||882|
|Total Votes Cast||25,381|
|Total Registered Voters||39,525|
Detailed results Polling station by Polling station
The Electoral Commission wishes to inform the general public that it has resumed preparations for the conduct of the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections.
The elections will be held on Tuesday, the 1st Day of September, 2015 in all electoral areas and units except those in the Lower Manya Krobo district in the Eastern Region.
Nomination of candidates will take place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July, 2015 for the District Assembly elections, and Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July, 2015 for the Unit Committee elections. The nominations will be taken from 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00pm to 5:00pm each day.
Nomination forms may be obtained at the District Office of the Commission or from the Deputy Returning Officer (Special Duties) in the electoral area.
All duly completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Deputy Returning Officer (Special Duties) on the dates set aside as nomination days.
A person can contest either the District Assembly Election or the Unit Committee Election but not both elections.
Prospective candidates are to note that no fee shall be paid for obtaining the nomination forms or for filing to contest the elections.
All prospective candidates are to submit four (4) copies of a recent photograph of bust size with red background, showing the full face and both ears.
All interested and qualified persons who want to contest any of the elections are to take note and act accordingly.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (OPERATIONS)
In view of the unfortunate death of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Regional Chairman for the Upper East region the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 22nd May 2015 has been postponed.
A new date will be announced later.
The Commission deeply regrets any inconvenience the postponement might cause.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (OPERATIONS)
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission has directed that though continuous registration of voters is a facility under the law, the formal resumption of the registration must be put on hold pending a thorough discussion of the matter with IPAC.
All District Officers of the Commission and the general public are to take note of this directive and comply.
AG. DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The United Progressive Party (UPP), a new political party founded by Akwasi Addai, has been issued with a provisional certificate of registration by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The party was issued with the certificate after partially satisfying the necessary requirements of the EC regarding party registration.
Even though the UPP has been issued with the provisional certificate, it is not expected to begin campaigning until it is issued with the final certificate.
In view of the Supreme Court ruling ordering that the District Level Elections processes should be conducted afresh, we wish to inform the general public that in total compliance with the said ruling the Electoral Commission will prepare a new legislation to be passed by Parliament before fresh nominations are taken for the elections.
We count on the co-operation of the public in this matter.