The Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) has restated that voters should adhere to all the covid-19 safety protocols when going to cast their votes.
The Commission reiterated this after legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini called out the EC for not allowing prospective voters without face masks during the Special Voting exercise.
The Special Voting exercise organized by the Electoral Commission was held yesterday to enable essential service providers to performm their duties well on December 7.
According to Samson Lardi, the EC turning away prospective voters without face masks is constitutionally wrong because there is no law barring it.
However, Director of Electoral Services for EC, Dr Serebour Quaicoe in an interview on Joy FM’s special coverage of the electoral process said, wearing face masks is a constitutional requirement.
He, therefore, insisted that although the act is not stipulated in the Executive Instrument of the 2020 electoral process, the law clearly states that citizenry must always step out in a mask.
“The law is not discriminatory against the levels of income, the law states that when you are stepping out be in a mask. And also there are places that when you go, they say ‘no mask, no entry’, and the polling station is one of those places.
“So it is not now that we are going to justify that someone cannot afford a mask or whatever. Then, in that case, we should change the law. But so far as the law says we should all be in our masks, that is what the EC will abide by,” he said.