The Electoral Commission of Ghana under the leadership of Mrs. Jean Mensa has released a news timetable for all electoral activities towards the 2020 general elections.
The new register process is scheduled to start in June and is expected to be completed by mid- July 2020.
The Electoral Commission divided the polling stations into clusters, each composed of five (05) polling stations and 8 days will be required for the registration of voters in a cluster.
Therefore, it will take a total of 40 days to complete this exercise.
Then the Election Commission will need 5 days for the review of the voters’ lists and then the display of the provisional lists would take place from 15th to 28th September 2020.
Then between 12th and 15th October 2020, the EC will proceed with the verification of the authenticity of the entries on the electoral lists.
The submission of candidatures is scheduled from 5th to 9th October 2020 and the advance voting will be held on 1st December 2020.
Regarding training, the commission intends to train leaders who in turn will train actors at the grassroots. It will therefore be a training of trainers.
However, according to a presidential directive aimed at containing and combating the covid-19, public gatherings of more than 20 people are currently banned in Ghana.
To circumvent the measure, the Commission has decided to train in batches of twenty (20) and repeat the training as many times as necessary.
In addition, the electoral commission decided to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks, hydro alcoholic solutions, soap, thermo flashes, and gloves to be used during training and voting.
Another measure that is envisaged to be taken is social distancing during all activities.