ELECTION 2020:Ghc40.78 was spent on each voter-EC.

According to the Electoral Commission,the cost per each voter in the just ended 2020 elections on each voter ia about Ghc 40.78 which is translated in USD 7.7.

Computations show that,this is a total reduction of the 2016 General elections that cost Ghc 70 which was 13 dollar per each voter.

Mr Boadu Michael, the director for Training at the EC disclosed that,savings of Ghc 523,409,980 or $90,243,100 was made.

He said the reduction was made due to stringent steps taken by the EC to conduct the elections to be free and fair.

“With the exception of the printing of ballot papers,which had security implications and the production of TV and radio adverts, which was done openly through newspapers “.

He added that,the COVID-19 pandemic inflated the cost of the general election, for about 240,000 PPEs were procured for EC staffs.

Mr Michael added that,hand sanitizers,hand gloves,tissue papers, liquid soaps,wipes and thermometer guns were also made available to all the 38,622 polling stations during registration exercise, exhibition and the Voting day across Ghana.

He said most of the productions were affected because those offshore items that could have been transported by sea was now taken by flight, unlike 2012 and 2016 elections.

During the 2012 and 2016 general elections, taxes were exempted but rather taxes were paid for the 2020 general elections in full.

“materials procured for the replacement of the voter’s register for 2020 general elections was estimated for about 18 million people but that of 2016 was for 3 million people “

“In 2020,Electoral Commission used 44,067 registration officials over 38 days;over 71,734 exhibition for over 10 days and over 231,732 election officials for one day” he added.

The director said”between 2016 and 2020 ,10,000 polling stations were increased.This shows that 146,122 more staffs were recruited to work on exhibition and election day alone but they managed to reduce the cost by half”.

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