Causing Financial Loss EC Blows Ghc300m On Botched DA Elections - Veep Reveals

The EC spent Ghc310 million in the lead-up to the District assembly elections that was suspended by the Supreme Court.

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It has emerged that the Electoral Commission expended a whopping Ghc310 million in the lead-up to the District level elections that was annulled by a Supreme Court ruling at the last hour.

This was revealed by the Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur on Tuesday March 10, when he gave the keynote address  to open the 4th Regional Minister's Conference underway at Elmina in the Central Region.

The Vice President urged appropriate state institutions to extend the mandate of the current assembly members in order to avert a management gap at the assemblies.

Mr. Amissah Arthur was admonishing regional ministers to use the country's scanty resources judiciously when he made mention of the EC's expenditure which is clearly a waste of national resources.

The Vice President did not give further details of how the amount was expended thus leaving questions as to how Ghc 310 million cedis was exhausted on an election that was cancelled on February 26, before March 3, which was the scheduled date for the poll.

Many had criticized the EC for such public wastage, in a court suit that it could have clearly avoided if it had been prudent enough.

It remains unclear when the next date would be announced for the elections as the Commission was yet to put before Parliament a new legislation for approval to restart the process.

Meanwhile, Dr Afari Gyan has revealed to Parliament that it needs ¢90 million to organise fresh elections.

He made these revelations during a closed door meeting with Members of Parliament on Tuesday.

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