No EC Strong Room

The Electoral Commission’s (EC’s) ‘strong room’ which serves as collation centre before election results are announced, may no longer be in existence for the next general elections.

EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, said the commission would abolish the strong room principle in the next year’s general elections and rather introduce a more transparent and inclusive process.

The EC boss said a bigger room would be secured for receiving and certification of constituency results in a greater transparent process where cameras and screens would be mounted and a lot more people allowed to patronise the chamber.

Ms Charlotte said at the two-day stakeholders’ forum on the voter register last week that the commission was determined to make the process more transparent.

‘A more transparent process will be introduced. What we are going to have is a bigger room that we will have cameras and more inclusiveness of the electorate,’ she said in response to a question requesting the EC’s position on the concept.

The move was hailed by many individuals and organisations as a landmark in Ghana’s electoral system seeking to introduce a robust process to enhance transparency and openness.

There have been allegations that the over-centralization of the collation of election results in the strong room had been an avenue to doctor election results.

In the 2012 elections there were reports that results were tinkered from the various regions before they arrived at the strong room.

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