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Special voting II: 34,644 expected to cast ballots

A total of 34,644 people are expected to cast their ballots in Sunday’s Special Voting exercise that is underway across the country.

Sunday’s exercise is the extension of the Special Voting exercise that took place on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

The extension was triggered by missing names and other irregularities that marred the early voting exercise.

The decision to continue with the exercise followed the Electoral Commission’s meeting with representatives of the political parties in an emergency meeting Thursday.

Thousands of security personnel, including the Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi-Gyinae, and others were denied the opportunity to exercise their franchise because their names were not on the list of the voters register submitted to the designated polling centers by the Commission.

The main elections come off December 7, where a president and 275 parliamentarians will be elected to help govern the country in the next four years.

Special voting is a special dispensation under the electoral laws of Ghana that allows registered voters who will not be able to present themselves at their polling stations on voting day as a result of the roles they will play in the polls to vote on a date before the rest of the electorate vote on the date set for the elections.

The categories of people who are allowed to do special voting are security personnel, officials of the EC and journalists.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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