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POLITICS: Electoral Commission Earmarks 38,000 Polling Stations For December Elections

The Electoral Commission has announced that there will be more polling stations for use in this year's General elections.

A communication from the commission said the Electoral body has designated 38,622 polling stations for this year's polls.

The number represents an increase from the more than 33,000 polling centres used during the 2016 elections.

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The commission has declared it's readiness for the polls, as well as it's confidence in the credibility and integrity of the present voters' register.

Speaking in an interview, Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, Dr Serebour Quarcoe disclosed that the commission merely split up the original polling stations.

"We want to reduce the queuing at the polling stations so the Commission decided to put the threshold at 749 so'any centre that is more than that is split. So there are some centres that have been split into five. Some are four, three and two. The splitting has created about 5,000 plus centres. So there are no new centres. The splitting is around the whole country but mostly in areas that are densely populated ", he indicated.

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EC chairperson, Jean Mensah told parliament on Saturday that her outfit is 95% prepared to deliver a successful, credible, fair and orderly election on December 7.

Madam Mensa noted that issues related to procurement, logistics and the conduct of the elections within a safe environment despite the advent of COVID-19 have been given the needed attention by her outfit.

Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor