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DLEs: 93.3 per cent of polling stations were accessible to PWDs – CODEO

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The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has reported that about 93 per cent of polling stations in the just ended District Level Election (DLEs) were accessible to Persons With Disability (PWDs) and the elderly.

The Coalition deployed 800 Stationary Polling Station Observers and 300 Roaming Observers nationwide, who submitted a situational statement from the polling stations observed.

A statement signed by the National Coordinator of CODEO, Albert Arhin said the Coalition observed that there were candidates’ agents present for the DLEs in about 92 per cent of polling stations observed.

Regarding the Unit Committee Elections, they also found candidates’ agents in 43.1 per cent of polling stations while majority of the polling stations did not have agents for candidates.

It noted that 92.8 per cent of the polling stations observed were set up in a manner that ensured voters could mark their ballots in secret, but seven per cent were not.

CODEO Observers also reported that they were allowed to observe the elections at all polling stations by poll officials.

The statement said, majority of polling stations observed, opened between 7:15 am to 8am, adding that one in 10 of the polling stations opened a bit late.

It said at the time of setting up the polling stations, all materials needed for the elections were available in half of the polling stations.

Observers reported unavailability of the following voting materials in some polling stations at the time of set-up;  Ballot Box, Ballot Papers, indelible Ink, Voting Screen, Validation Stamp among others.

SourceGNA

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