THE ELECTORAL Commission (EC) of Ghana has issued twenty (20) bulleting point guidelines for the transfer of votes and the replacement of voters’ ID cards at its district offices from Tuesday, 3rd to Monday 9th October, 2023, from 8. a.m. to 5. pm each day.
The EC in a press release signed by the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensa, called on the applicants to consider the following guidelines during the period for the transfer of votes and replacement of lost voter ID cards.
The statement noted that the application for transfer of votes will take place at the District Offices of the Commission from Tuesday, 3rd to Monday 9th October, 2023, from 8. am to 5. pm each day.
According to the statement, the applicants for the transfer of votes must be residents in the Constituency currently residing for not less than 12 months to date.
The statement stressed that only students and members of the Security Services on special duties can apply for transfer if they have not lived at their current residence for more than 12 months to date.
It added that the applicants must provide physical proof of the new residence and sign a declaration, adding that "If the application for transfer of votes relates to the nomination, then the application should not be less than forty-two (42) days before the last day of nomination."
The statement explained that the application for transfer of votes should not be less than forty-two (42) days before elections.
It said the Applicants for transfer of votes must present themselves to the District Offices of the Commission with their valid voter ID cards.
It indicated that the names of successful applicants shall be entered into the Voter Management System, noting that the
successful applicant for transfer of vote whose name has been transferred must be assigned a polling station in the constituency where the applicant resides.
It pointed out that a person whose registration details have been transferred is entitled to vote at the election in the polling station to which that person is assigned as if it were the polling station where that person registered.
It asserted that the Returning Officer shall give a copy of the transferred voter's list to political parties and candidates upon request, saying that the application for transfer of votes outside the stipulated period would not be accepted.
The statement asserted that the application for transfer of votes within the same electoral area or unit shall not be allowed, explaining that a voter ID card, reflecting the newly assigned polling station shall be issued to the applicant.
According to him, the application for replacement of lost voter ID cards must be done in the district where the applicant registered and the applicant shall be biometrically verified.
He said the applicants for the replacement of lost voter ID cards are to pay an amount of ¢10.00 through the short *222*1067#.
It said that the applicants for the replacement of lost voter ID cards shall show proof of payment at the District Office before being taken through the process.
According to the statement, the payment codes shall be keyed into the system to generate applicants’ details for completion of the process.
It said that an applicant shall be issued with a new (Reprinted) voter ID card bearing the same details as provided at the time of registration.
It stressed that the District Electoral Officers (DEOs) shall be held accountable for any replaced voter ID card which has not been paid for.