General News of Wednesday, 16 May 2018
A- three- week training workshop is underway in Koforidua, to build the capacities of newly recruited staff of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the southern sector, on elections administration and conducting peaceful elections.
The over 40 participants who have been recruited as district election officers were drawn from the Eastern, Western, Central, Volta and the Greater Accra regions and would be taken through election processes such as the majority formula, proportional representation, boundaries identification and how to generate polling station codes among others.
In an opening remark, the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, said the training was in accordance with global election administration and management as well as the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA) guidelines.
She said in order to ensure the integrity of elections in Ghana, the EC mandated with that responsibility had always instituted such training programmes to ensure its entire staff performed their duties with ultimate professionalism and knowledge of the election rules and practices.
She observed that most of the election process took place at the district level therefore very critical for the staffs at that level to be well resourced and knowledgeable to discharge their duties adding that 2019 would be challenging year for the EC as there would be two referendums with regards to the creation of the new regions and the election of MMDCEs.
Again she said the district assembly elections would also be held in the same 2019 and called for a strong and competent election staff who would handle the elections at the district level with utmost professionalism and integrity.
The Eastern Regional Director of the EC, Mrs Faith Amedzake, urged the participants to take the lessons seriously to facilitate their conducts on election managements at the district levels.