Political parties support proposal to make election day public holiday

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All the political parties have agreed to a proposal by the Electoral Commission’s (EC) to the Chief of Staff of Ghana to make Monday, December 7, 2020, a statutory holiday.

This was disclosed by the EC today, Wednesday, December 2, in a statement.

The consensus, according to the EC, was agreed upon at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held today.

The EC in the statement explained that its proposal sought to “give registered voters the opportunity to devote the day to exercise their civic right and responsibility to vote during the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”

The election management body also revealed that “there was also a consensus by the political parties and the Commission that registered voters should be encouraged to cast their ballots early on election day.”

Present at the meeting were representatives of all the political parties, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners.

Read the full statement below:

All Political Parties have today, during an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting, agreed with the Commission’s proposal to the Chief of Staff of Ghana and the Ministry of the Interior to gazette Monday 7th December 2020 a Statutory Public Holiday.

The Commission’s proposal seeks to give Registered Voters the opportunity to devote the day to exercise their civic right and responsibility to vote during the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.

Present at the meeting were representatives of all the Political Parties, Civil Society Organisation’s (CSO’s), and Development Partners.

There was also a consensus by the Political Parties and the Commission that Registered Voters should be encouraged to cast their ballots early on election day. Registered Voters are expected to vote between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm on Monday, 7th December 2020.

Electoral Commission

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