Over 57,000 candidates are contesting the nationwide District Assembly and Unit Committee elections scheduled for December 17. More than 18,000 are vying to become assembly members, while more than 38,000 want to be in the Unit Committees.
There are a total of 6,700 electoral areas and each electoral area would be represented by one assembly member. Five committee members each will be elected for every electoral area.
Speaking in an interview in Accra on the Electoral Commission’s readiness for the polls, Acting Director of Public Relations, Sylvia Annor, said all is set for the exercise to begin at 7am and close at 5pm Tuesday.
She added that all the electoral materials have been distributed to designated polling stations across the nation and expects all polling officials to exhibit a high level of integrity and fairness as they comply with the tenets of the electoral Laws.
Mrs. Annor however urged the electorate to endeavour to cast their ballot to deepen the decentralisation of governance to facilitate national development.
Meanwhile, speaking at a news conference, the Deputy EC Chairperson in charge of Operations, Samuel Tettey said about 58,000 Biometric Verification Devices, BVDs have been deployed for the exercise. He said some flashpoints have also been identified and submitted to the police to act on.