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2024 Elections: Special Voting Scheduled for December 2

As the December general elections approach, the Electoral Commission, as part of its mandate to ensure a free, fair, credible and transparent elections has given guidelines for the special voting slated for December 2, 2024.

In a press statement on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the Electoral Commission explains special voting to be a process that enables registered voters who are assigned specific duties on Election Day vote ahead of the main Election Day.

This process is captured in the Regulation 23 (1) of Constitutional Instrument (C.I 127) which states that a voter “may apply to the Returning officer of the Constituency in which the voter is registered to be entered as a special voter if as a result of election duties the voter will not be able to be present at the Polling Station where the voter is registered on the day of election”.

The persons or groups of persons captures under Regulation 23 (1) of C.I 127 include Officers of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Officers of the Ghana national Fire Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Customs Division of the  Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Ghana Immigration Service, Polling Officials, permanent staff of the Electoral Commission and members of the Media.

The Electoral Commission stated that, the District Police Headquarters have been designated to be the venue for Special Voting across the 276 constituencies across the country. The EC added that, should the number of persons identified as eligible Special voters outnumber the threshold set for each polling centre, the Commission is mandated to create another polling centre to facilitate the process of voting within the same location.  

Members from institutions who desire to apply as a group may submit a list of their officers to the Returning Officer to serve as a register to facilitate the process. The list must contain the names of each Applicant, the voter ID Number and Polling Station Code as it appears on the Voter ID card. These particulars will enable the Returning Officer verify if the Applicant is a registered voter in the constituency. Please, note that, all Applicants must apply in person to then Returning Officer.