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EC wasted GHC317m on cancelled assembly elections

The Electoral Commission (EC) is said to have spent about GHC317 million on the abortive District Assembly elections, sources close to the Commission has told citifmonline.com.

The money spent includes the EC’s normal operational expenditure on the elections.
The Supreme Court in February, directed the EC to call off the much publicized elections, describing it as “unconstitutional.”

This was after a fisherman, Benjamin Eyi Mensah, aspiring to become an assembly man, sued the Commission for disallowing him to file his nomination.
The Commission now has only GHC10 million left, out of the original budget for the District Assembly elections which was originally slated for March 3.

According to the sources at the Commission who spoke to Citi FM’s Richard Sky, the EC is now asking government to provide about GHC90 more to conduct the election sometime in July, barring any changes.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan is currently before Parliament answering questions surrounding the District Assembly elections.

EC prepares new CI for elections

Meanwhile the Commission has announced that it will soon table before Parliament a new legislation to enable it re-organize the District Assembly elections.

“In view of the Supreme Court ruling ordering that the District Level Elections processes should be conducted afresh, we wish to inform the general public that in total compliance with the said ruling the Electoral Commission will prepare a new legislation to be passed by Parliament before fresh nominations are taken for the elections,” the EC said in a statement.

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