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MP demands probe of poor organization of district polls

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo-Ano North, Mr Richard Akuoko Adiyia, has denounced the poor management of the district level polls by the Electoral Commission (EC) and is demanding a probe to unravel the cause.

He said the confusion and inconvenience to voters and the candidates were simply unacceptable.

Mr Adiyia wondered why the EC insisted on holding the assembly and unit committee election when it became obvious that the ballot papers could not be ready on the poll date.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, he said governance at the local level was important to the strengthening of the nation’s democracy and as such Ghanaians deserved to know what went wrong.

The MP said the situation where many people could not vote because of the problems that bedevilled the election were clearly unhelpful to effective local governance.

Mr Adiyia cited the example, where voters in two communities in his constituency, Akwasiase and Abonsuaso, had to visit the polling centres twice because of the lack of ballot papers.

He said the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government and Rural Development need to work with the EC to find ways to prevent a repeat of the mess in the future.

Source: GNA

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