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The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana says it is committed to putting measures in place to better its image and the credibility of elections in the country.

According to the Chairperson of the Commission, "only recently, we restored the founding principles of the Electoral Commission, namely Transparency, Fairness and Integrity and we are determined to abide by these principles. So while the Electoral Commission of Ghana has made significant progress towards perfecting its systems and processes in the last two decades, there is more room for improvement".

Madam Jean Mensa, who was speaking at the 17th International Electoral Affairs Symposium, Monday, said apart from looking at how to reduce the cost of elections in the country, "we have developed systems to make it comfortable for the visually impaired and physically challenged to vote".

The commission is also taking measures to drastically decrease the phenomena of spoilt ballots by learning new ways of ‘voter education'.

"We would also share with you some of the programmes we have developed to empower and nurture women to lead. Additionally, following our 2012 election petition, we have developed robust training programs to build the capacity of election officials. This has promoted a high standard of efficiency and professionalism across all levels..." she added.

The EC Chiarperson further revealed that her outfit is also looking at ways to tighten security right from registration processes to Election Day activities through to the declaration of results. 

"In this era of fake news, there is the need to find ways of countering the activities of mischief makers and scaremongers to secure the integrity of the process," according to Madam Jean Mensa.
Source: Rebecca Addo Tetteh/Peacefmonline.com/[email protected]

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