Politics Sat, 11 Oct 2008

Adenta Municipality to get Electoral Commission sub-office

Tema, Oct. 11, GNA - Newly created Adenta Municipality is to have a sub-office of the Electoral Commission (EC), an official said in Tema on Saturday.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in his office, Mr Michael Boadu, Tema Metropolitan Electoral Officer, said the Commission would establish a temporary office at Adenta to take care of the Adenta Municipality.

"We will try and get some few staff to be based there on a temporary basis," he explained.

Mr Boadu, whose office was very busy attending to voters, who had thronged his office to seek replacement for their missing voter Identity Cards, said the temporary office could be established in a matter of weeks.

Shedding light on the current voter exhibition exercise, which ends on Saturday, Mr Boadu said it was taking place at all the designated polling stations in Tema but not in his office. The EC office, he said, was only taking the particulars of voters who had their cards missing or misplaced to enable them to take their pictures later, adding that the exercise to replace missing Voter IDs was an ongoing exercise that would continue even after the December polls. "This is an ongoing exercise because people can lose their cards at any time so the exercise will go on even after the December polls," he stated.

Mr Boadu could not give the precise number of persons who had reported the loss of their voter IDs but stated that the exercise would take a break soon and resume later in the year, adding that the EC office is the only place people could replace their missing or lost cards.

At the time the GNA called at the office, about a hundred voters had massed there to seek a replacement of their Voter IDs. Voters resident in the Adenta Municipality who have lost their voter IDs are now compelled to seek a replacement at the Tema Municipal Office of the EC. Asked if the EC office there was able to cope with the workload, Mr Boadu said they were coping with the situation. 11 Oct. 08

Source: GNA