The Charted Institute of Accountants (CIA), has pledged their voluntary support to the EC in the collating of election results for the forth coming November elections. According to the institute, they would help for achieving credibility in the electoral process. However, the EC was urged to employ known professionals to help out so as to avoid disagreements.
President of the Institute, Professor Omane Antwi, who spoke at the induction ceremony of 320 Accountants in Accra said it is the civic responsibility of the institute to collate election results. This is because it will assure credibility and equally boost the confidence of the people towards the declaration of the election results.
The EC boss Charlotte Osei, had made an announcement that the institute has volunteered to help out during the elections.
Earlier in January, the EC had said it would need more capable hands to help out during the elections. In their bid to secure the help of professional institutions to help in the management of the November elections, EC boss said the Commission will need the expertise of the accountants at the collation centres. The Ghana Bar Association had also indicated their willingness to play a role in achieving credibility at the polls.
The EC’s announcement of the change of the election date from December to November 7, came alongside the notice that they will also repeal the election ‘strong room’.
The strong room is a special room at the headquarters in Accra designated for the collation of provisional results. This results are subsequently certified by the Commission before final declaration. The Room has only the EC chair and a few representatives of political parties who peruse results that come in from different constituencies across the country before collating them.
The strong room has attracted a lot of criticisms among political parties as well as the general public who from time to time question the credibility of the approach. So far, no further statements have been made concerning the issue.