A Senior Lecturer at The Accra Polytechnic, Department Of Applied Science, And Member of The National Election Directorate Of The Governing National Democratic Congress, Ahmed Gedel, has debunked the assertion, in the public domain that, the up-coming transfer of votes, could be used to over-turn Parliamentary election results, come December 7.
According to him, it is very difficult for someone to use the transfer of votes, to knock-out the margins recorded, in the last election, to win the 2016 Parliamentary election.
He said, “It depends on the margin of difference. If the margin is too high, like a margin of 1000/2000 votes or above, it will become difficult to say that, you are going to use the transfer of votes to change the difference there”.
He advised that, “Parliamentary Candidates must look at the dynamics, of their previous election results, in order to enhance or close the marginal differences”.
He was quick to add that, people who lost the last general election, by only 2, 3 or below 20 votes, are likely to change things in their favour should they [Parliamentary Candidate], to mobilize the necessary votes during the period. Just last week, The Electoral Commission opened the ‘Transfer window’ for persons who wish to transfer their votes from one Constituency to the other for The December polls.
It will begin on Friday, September 9, 2016 through to Friday October 7, 2016. The EC, in a statement said “all registered voters, who wish to transfer their votes from the polling station in The Constituency where they registered to a different Constituency where they wish to vote in the 2016 general election, are required to visit the District Office Of the Electoral Commission, in The Constituency where they are now resident, to complete The Vote Transfer Application Form, to be process for the transfer.”
This follows a similar exercise the commission undertook for Parliamentary nominees, who want to transfer their votes from one Constituency to the other.
The statement signed by Head of Communications at the Commission, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu further indicated that, voters who want to transfer their votes should-one: Must be a registered voter. Two: Must be resident in The Constituency, other than that in which he / she registered for not less than 12 months. Three: Should provide physical proof of his or her residence including the residential address.
“If successful, the voter shall be assigned to a new polling station in his/her new constituency of residence.” Meanwhile, Mr. Gedel, has acknowledged the importance and the significance of the transfer. According to him, “people are always moving from one place to the other, and this will give them the opportunity, to exercise their franchise, to elect who represents them at The Constituency and Presidential levels, for four years.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Francis Edzorna Mensah