Political parties in Ghana want the government to declare Election Day public holiday, according to the country’s Electoral Commission (EC).
The consensus, according to the EC, was agreed upon at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held today.
The EC in a statement explained that its proposal sought to “allow registered voters to devote the day to exercise their civic right and responsibility to vote during the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”
The election management body also revealed that “there was also a consensus by the political parties and the Commission that registered voters should be encouraged to cast their ballots early on election day.”
Present at the meeting were representatives of all the political parties, Civil Society Organisation’s (CSOs), and development partners.
Over 17 million voters in the West African nation will go to the polls on December 7 as former President and flagbearer of the opposition NDC battles sitting President Akufo-Addo in a keen race.
Ten others from minor political parties are also contesting the presidency.
Source: Daily Mail Gh ||J. Ofori