Ghana: EC Begins Printing of Elections 2012 Ballot Papers

The Electoral Commission (EC) stepped up preparations for the December 7 elections as they began printing ballot papers for the Presidential and Parliamentary polls on Wednesday, November 7th under tight security.

The order of the presidential candidates is the National Democratic Congress' President John Dramani Mahama, will be number one; the second will be Dr Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) whilst Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) occupies the third position.

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive Peoples' Party (PPP) occupies the fourth position, the United Front Party's (UFP) Mr. Akwasi Adddai Odike, occupies the fifth position and Mr. Hassan Ayariga of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) sixth, Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) seven and the Independent presidential candidate, Mr. Jacob osei Yeboah, takes the eighth position.

Representatives of the contesting parties have joined a team of security men from the Bureau of National Investigations, the Police Service, EC and security men from the various Publishing Houses for the exercise. The Parties have more than one representative at any given time, who is present inside the printing room. Once printing starts for the day no one is allowed in or out of the room.

According to Officials, publishing houses have adopted a shift system for all personnel involved in the printing under a 24-hour guard and at the end of every shift the number of ballot papers printed is recorded and endorsed by party representatives and officials while all spoilt ballot papers are burnt in their presence.

The order of presidential candidates on the ballot papers will be what was arrived at following a ballot by the political parties. The presidential candidates will have their photographs and party symbols whilst the name, picture or symbol of vice presidential candidates will not appear on the presidential ballot paper.

According to the EC the positions will be the same for parliamentary candidates, with independent candidates coming after candidates of the political parties in alphabetical order.

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