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EC turns down proposal for provision of face masks at polling stations

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The Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elvis Afriyie Ankrah  says it is illegal for the EC to prevent the electorates from voting because they are not in face masks.

Mr. Ankrah therefore tasked the EC to provide face masks at voting centres to be distributed to voters who may turn up on December 7 without face masks to encourage high turnout and not disenfranchise anyone.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) says it will strictly enforce all COVID-19 safety protocols, including the wearing of face masks at all polling stations across Ghana during the general election on Monday (December 7).

Director of Electoral Services of the Commission, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, warned that nobody should enter the polling centre with face masks and party paraphernalia, as it is against the law to display such items at the polling stations.

Touching on calls for the distribution of face masks at polling stations, Dr. Quaicoe argued that giving out face masks at the polling station would create the impression it is only at the polling stations that people could contract COVID-19 but rather the electorates should be encouraged to wear face masks before they step out of their homes.

He said, besides, it is mandated by law that every Ghanaian should wear them while in public as part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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