Dep. Electoral Commissioner, Amadu Sulley
Mr Amadu Sulley is the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, said that out of order voters’ register could affect the democratic procedure and peace in the republic.
In order to avoid this, he told the voters’ register would shortly be opened for validation to allow qualified voters who are not on the record to register.
Mr Sulley, who has misunderstanding responsibilities on the Upper East office of the EC, stated this when he talked to the media at a capability building training in Bolgatanga on the subject: “Enhancing Completeness in Ghana’s Electoral Processes,” subsidized by the USAID.
The training was expected at enhancing the knowledge of media employees about the electoral system of Ghana, voter registration procedures and also to permit the journalists to describe their opinions on the issues concerning to the electoral system.
Mr Sulley clarified that the Public Election Regulation 2016, C.I. 91, is allocated with laws guiding the manner of registration and insisted the media to take up the important part as nominees of the EC to provide perfect information and education as they were key in making the elections reliable.
The Principal Electoral Officer in charge of Research, Mr Fred Tetteh, who took contributors through election reportage, requested the journalists to be balanced and fair in their coverage.
He stated that the EC would continue to inform the media on arrangements towards the election and requested the media to leave the announcement of election results to the EC, expressing; “the media does not have the authority to declare results”.
He advised media workers to take note of the use of ‘constituency’ and ‘polling station’ in their reportage.
From the Ghana News Agency, Mr Samuel Akapule, said that the contributions of the media in elections, directed reporters to be careful of politicians and media owners who would like to use their medium to encourage selfish political interests.
He advised all to maintain a high level of efficiency, to be accurate and remain independent in their coverage of the elections.
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