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UE/R: EC dispatches electoral materials to Regions as NDC clash with police over storage of ballot boxes

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Executives of the opposition NDC, in the Upper East Region were up in arms with the police over the safety of the electoral materials that arrived in the Regional capital, Bolgatanga.

Regional organizer of the party, Adam Mutawakilu, said the police were opposing the Party’s request to have their own padlock placed on the offices where the ballot boxes were to be kept.

Regional police commander, DCP Ampofo Duku, in response noted that his outfit would not grant the request, adding that he has been directed by his superiors not to allow any party to place locks on the offices where the electoral materials are kept.

But the NDC insisted that until the police agree to their request, they were not leaving the scene. In a related development, the Electoral Commission (EC) says it is about 99% complete with the distribution of electoral materials nationwide ahead of the December 7 polls.

Chairperson of the electoral management body, Jean Mensa disclosed this at an interaction with the Council of State yesterday. She said the Commission has procured a wide variety of election materials for the 2020 election adding that the distribution of the items to regional centers and districts have been completed.

For now what is outstanding are the parliamentary ballot paper. The EC also used the opportunity to deny allegations that some members of the security services involved in the election policing have been excluded from the special voters’ list.

At another meeting with the National House of Chiefs, Mrs. Mensah told them that all security personnel whose names were submitted have been included in the list. More than 38,000 polling stations will be activated by the Electoral Commission for the 2020 polls.

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