EC Calls For Punitive Measures Against Departmental Heads Who Refused To Release Vehicles For Assembly Elections

charlotte-osei_ EC Boss
Charlotte Osei – Chairperson, Ghana’s Electoral Commission

The Kintampo North Municipal Director of the Electoral Commission, Mr Kassim Kaaka has described as worrying and unfortunate the attitude of some heads of departments who have refused to release their vehicles to the Commission to facilitate its work of conveying electoral materials to the polling stations in the Municipality.

The development he lamented hampered the work of the commission in conveying the election materials to some of the polling stations particularly those located in the remote parts of the municipality because of inadequate vehicles which delayed voting in some polling stations.

Speaking on Radio Sunyani-based B.A.R’s Morning Programme ‘DAY BREAK’ with Anthony Goode Junior, Mr Kaaka explained that, the commission earlier wrote to the Co-ordinating Director, asking him to authorise the various government departments to release their vehicle for the Commission to use for the exercise, but unfortunately only few of them made their vehicles available for the Commision with the rest refusing without any reason.

According to him, some of the Departmental Heads were seen in town driving the cars at the expense of releasing them to the Commission for the National exercise.

He has therefore called on the Municipal Assembly and the Regional Coordinating Council to take punitive actions against those heads of departments for defying the orders of the assembly to release the vehicles for the exercise.

The E.C Director disclosed that, he would write officially to the assembly to report the conduct of those heads of departments whose posture in one way or the other culminated in the late start of polls in some polling stations.

He however described the exercise as peaceful and smooth so far without any reported cases of violence and some technical hitches.