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TAMALE: About 252, 902, eligible voters expected to vote in proposed Savannah Region referendum

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About 252, 902, eligible voters are expected to vote in the December 27, referendum for the proposed Savannah Region.

The referendum will be conducted in 583 polling stations created by the Electoral Commission (EC) within the enclave of the proposed new regions.

For the proposed North East region, a total of 252,575 registered voters are expected to cast their votes in 518 polling stations.

The Northern Regional Director of the EC, Benjamin Banobia disclosed this in an interview with gbcghanaonline’s regional correspondent, Joyce Kantam Kolamong in Tamale on the preparedness of the EC towards December 27 referendum.

According to Mr. Banobia, districts and constituencies that will form the proposed Savannah region if the required threshold of votes is attained include Bole, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, West Gonja, North Gonja, Central and East Gonja.

On the other hand, Chereponi, Bunkprugu-Nakpanduri, Yuuyo-Nasuan, East Mamprusi, West Mamprusi and Mamprugu- Moagduri will constitute the proposed North East region.

Mr. Banobia said the commission was over poised for the 27 referendum stressing that all electoral materials and devices for the exercise have been received and distributed to the concerned areas.

He encouraged all eligible voters to ensure they take part in the electoral process. He explained that unlike the general elections that are based on simple majority, the referendum is based on some clauses that need to be addressed which largely depend on fifty percent voter turnouts and eighty-percent of the turnouts given their consents.

The Regional Director said special arrangements have been made for persons with disability to take part in the exercise.

He said the EC has acquired structural ballot jacket for those with visually impaired, relocated polling stations to safer locations to enable persons with physical disability have access to vote as well as instructed electoral officers to give preferential treatment to persons with disability and the aged.

, Joyce Kantam Kolamong

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