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Election 2020: We’ll declare results 24 hours after polls, says EC

The Electoral Commission says the 7 December polls will be unique as it seeks to declare the results a day after the close of polls

The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced it has put in place measures to declare the results of the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections 24 hours at the close of polls.

The EC said it wants the eighth election under the Fourth Republic to be extraordinary, compared to previous ones.

“All things being equal, by the next day before we go to bed, we would have declared the results,” the Director of Electoral Services, Dr. Serebour Quarcoo, stated at a national dialogue on peaceful election in Accra.

Dr. Quarcoo was quite optimistic of achieving such feat because “almost all materials for this year’s elections have been dispatched to the regions more than two weeks to the polls.”

He added: “Our plan is that we want to declare results on the 8 December, that’s why I said that this year’s election is going to be the best because we are putting in place all the planning that it needs and we are getting all the support that we need.

“All the logistics have been put in place, all the regions and districts have been asked to submit what they will need to make our dream of declaring the results the next day a reality.”

We’re 95% ready

Meanwhile, Jean Mensa, the chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), has assured the public that the Commission is 95% ready to execute a successful poll with barely two weeks to the 7 December general election.

The EC chair gave this assurance as she presented a roadmap to Parliament on the Commission’s preparedness for the polls.

“Mr Speaker, I am pleased to inform you that the Electoral Commission is 95% ready for the successful, credible, fair, orderly and peaceful conduct of the election on December 7 2020,” she said.

Mensa also told MPs that 17 million unique voters have been captured in the new voters’ register.

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