GUM welcomes EC’s decision to close polls at 3pm

Founder of the Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Christian Kwabena Andrews, has welcomed the Electoral Commission’s decision to close polls at 3 pm in the next presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Electoral Commission (EC) is planning reforms which is to ensure the closure of polls in the 2024 general elections at 3 pm on election day instead of the usual 5 pm.

The move is to help pave the way for early counting of votes and declaration of results at the polling station and to avoid the inconveniences associated with the late close of polls.

The reform forms part of a 16-point proposal by the Electoral Commission (EC) that was agreed on by the Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) at the end of a two-day review workshop of the 2020 general elections in Accra.

In a conversation with Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Original 91.9FM’s Adwenekasa on Monday, May 24, 2021, Mr. Andrews, who’s also a clergyman said his party wholly agrees with the electoral reforms.

“I agree because if you visit the polling station early we can adjust to the proposed time,” he said.

To avoid any unforeseen challenges, the 2020 presidential candidate for the Ghana Union Movement alluded that the election day should be declared a statutory public holiday.

“I will also suggest to the president to declare the election day a national holiday. Few people would be at work if it will work he should declare the election day as a holiday. The Ministry of Interior and the Electoral Commission should consider making the day a holiday,” he suggested.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Origianlfmonline.com | Ghana    

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