We organized transparent, credible polls in 2020 & saved the nation $90m-EC
The Electoral Commission (EC) has indicated that it saved the nation up to $90 million after spending over $700 million in the 2020 polls.
Electoral Commissioner Jean Mensa who made the claim said the EC managed to reduce the cost of the elections through prudent management compared to the 2016 polls.
She explained that the EC reduced the cost of the election from $13 per person in 2016 to $7.7 in 2020.
She was speaking at the opening ceremony of the high-level parliamentary seminar on the theme “Two decades of democratic elections in ECOWAS member states: Achievements, challenges and the way forward”.
The Commissioner said the EC also reduced the time for the elections from 10-12 minutes to three to five minutes in 2020.
According to her, the 2020 polls were organized without funding from external sources.
She further described the polls as historic, transparent in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak and price hikes.
” I humbly refer to Ghana’s 2020 elections as historic for the transparency, credibility, cost-effectiveness, high turnout, and peaceful conduct that characterized them. So orderly, so methodical, so calm were the polls on 7th December 2020 that BBC Africa could find no other way to describe our elections than ‘boring’.”
The EC Chair added that the polls were conducted with all the electoral processes and laws being respected.