Additional polling stations is for convenience – EC

The electoral commission has indicated that the country stands to benefit from the proposed creation of more polling stations ahead of the 2016 general elections

According to the commission, the initiative will bring some respite and convenience to both the commission and the voting populace.

Speaking to Ultimate News’ Isaac Badiako Justice in Kumasi, the Director of Operations at the electoral commission Samuel Tettey said population growth over the years has overwhelmingly increased the numbers voting in some polling stations

He explained that “splitting some of these polling stations will ease pressure on the biometric verification devices and also ensure that the election does not travel into the night.

“This is the reason why we are trying to reduce the number of voters and then create new polling stations in areas where developments are taking place to avoid people walking long distances to cast their votes,” he added.

According to the commission, the initiative is also looking at ways to make polling stations more accessible to voters; especially persons living with disabilities.

Mr Tettey noted that the reforms will enhance the credibility of elections and called for support from all stakeholders.

He assured that the commission will discuss the modalities on the creation of the additional polling stations with the political parties in the coming days.

Source: Ultimate 106.9FM News