The Electoral Commission (EC) has said that the demands of the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 75 will be fully complied with in Tuesday’s by-election to be held in the Akatsi South Constituency.
According to the EC, voters will be identified by verification machines before they cast their ballots.
Speaking on TV3 News, Sylvia Annor, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the EC, pointed out that since the CI 75 is “in vogue” it will be in full force during the by-election, which will get a Member of Parliament to replace Edward Doe Adjaho, who was endorsed by the Sixth Parliament as Speaker on January 7, 2013.
“We have CI 75 now in vogue,” said Ms Annor. “It stipulates that before you go through the process you must go through ‘The voter shall be identified through the verification machine’. Therefore the kind of rules and regulations that pertained during the recent general elections are the same rules that are going to be used for the by-election.”
Already, four candidates including an independent candidate have successfully filed nomination to contest the seat.
The New Patriotic Party did not enter a candidate because they claim it will be against a petition filed by its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate as well as the party’s chairman against the EC at the Supreme Court disputing the process that led to the declarartion of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Elections.