AT THE POLLING STATION ON ELECTION DAY!

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AT THE POLLING STATION ON ELECTION DAY!

1. PROTECTING THE BALLOT: The people at a particular polling station are better placed to protect the ballot box and its contents. Organise people to be on the look-out for any miscreants (uniformed or otherwise) who may want to disrupt the process.

2. CHECK FOR THE VALIDATION STAMP: For the ballot to count, the back of the ballot paper must stamped by the EC person who gives you the ballot paper. Your ballot will not count if the stamp is not at the back.

Take note that despite the assurances by the top echelon of the EC, some of the field staff on election day, from happenings in the past, are more than your political opponents who may not want your vote to count, especially in an opponent’s stronghold.

Party agents, and even voters in the queue, must monitor this aspect of the process.

3. MONITOR YOUR OWN PARTY AGENTS: These party agents at the polling stations can be very dangerous! Mobilise back-ups to monitor them from afar so that they know they are being monitored.

4. MONITOR EC OFFICIALS: On the day of voting, some of them can collude with some party persons to tamper with the process to the disadvantage of a candidate.

I strongly disagree with those who say that after voting go home and come back later to observe the counting. The advise rather should be that after casting one’s ballot, that person must leave the voting area and must, in no way, be seen to be interfering with any aspect of the process on voting day.

5. SECURITY PERSONS: No properly trained security person will interfere in the process on the day. Mobilse to resist any form of intimidation and/or interference at your polling station. Your vote must count!

Cheers!

– Snr Michael Bohyeba Nyame
No. 14 Mango Street

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