The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mrs. Jean Mensa says the country has reduced the cost of the election by 41 percent compared to the 2016 polls in spite of inflation and hikes in prices.
According to the Chairperson, this is the first time in history, the country solely funded the elections without donor assistance.
“As a country, we reduced the cost of elections from thirteen Dollars (13USD) per person to seven dollars, seventy cent (7.70USD) per person.
It is not often we hear of such news and we need to record how this was achieved,” she hinted. Mrs. Mensa made this known during the opening of an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
She also entreated Ghanaians to acknowledge the fact that it took less than six (6) months to conduct Presidential and Parliamentary elections that would usually take 2 years to undertake.
The Commission has achieved the feat at the time when advanced democracies experienced long queues, for several days at their polling stations.
“We must applaud the hard work of EC staff across every region and district of this country, for the yeoman’s job they did.
From the introduction of the new Biometric Voter Management System, comprising new Biometric Verification and Registration devices and software through to the replacement of the entire Voters Register to the Election day,” she added.
This she said, there is the need to highlight the fact that the EC succeeded in saving the nation a whopping sum of 90 million USD i.e. 522 million Ghana Cedi, a time when the cost of elections world-over keeps increasing.
Mrs. Jean Mensa noted that constructive criticism was vital for the institutional-building and learning process, so was the celebration of successes.
However, we will not rest on their oars but will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to discuss strategies and innovations that will lead to the strengthening of the electoral systems.
The workshop was aimed at assessing the processes leading to the 2020 Election and the Election itself, which called for the need to document policies and processes that led to the absence of long queues.
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