Maintain 5pm end of polls – Majority Leader to EC

In order to prevent disenfranchisement of eligible voters during general elections, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader in parliament, has asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to adhere to the 5 pm end of polls schedule.

Speaking to attendees at an inter-party dialogue and stock-taking conference hosted by the National Peace Council in Accra last Thursday, EC Chairperson Jean Mensa emphasized that the goal of moving the poll closing time from 5 p.m. to 3 p.m. is to make it easier for electoral officers to collate votes in a transparent and orderly manner during the day.

However, in response to the EC’s suggestion, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated that the 5 p.m. schedule had to be adhered to throughout the discussion of the Electoral Commission’s 2024 budget approval.

Maintain 5pm end of polls – Majority Leader to EC

“The attempt to reduce voting time from 5 pm to 3 pm again we should interrogate it. I believe it is too early for the EC to do it. [On Tuesday] when I went to vote, the materials had not been assembled yet even though I got there at 8:15, I had to stay until 9:20 to start voting, already two hours wasted.

“We didn’t have to bring the conclusion from 5 pm to 3 pm. Then the voters would have lost about four hours…So let’s all stick to the 5 pm of voting,” he said.

Kofi Adams, the Member of Parliament for Buem, responded by blaming the difficulties encountered in the District Level Elections on the EC’s disregard for the advise of experts and stakeholders.

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