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Guide For First Time Voters In Ghana – Polling Day 7th December 2016

Having the vote is a gift hard fought for and should never be wasted. By Voting you exercise your opportunity to shape the nation, have your say. And YES – your one vote definitely does matter!

Voting gives you a voice in government. It allows you to choose leaders and decide on issues that are important to you. Our elections in Ghana are always so close that literally every vote counts.

If you don’t vote you can’t complain!

Voting is such an important part of the role we play in society. Who you Vote for is entirely your choice. Just make sure you think before you vote!

Below is a guideline for first time voters on what to expect and how to ensure you are prepared to vote.

  1. Vote the way you want to vote!
    • First thing to know is that your vote is secret. No one can coerce you to vote for them or against anyone else. The ballot paper can’t to linked to you. Also, you do not have to tell anyone whom you voted for even if they say they are an official pollster.
  2. Nobody is allowed to electioneer within 500 metres of the polling station
  3. Election day is Wednesday 7th December 2016
  4. Polling starts at 07:00 and finishes promptly at 17:00. If you arrive after this time you will not be allowed to vote
  5. To find your nearest polling station visit the EC website or go to http://http://officialndc.com.dedi153.jnb3.host-h.net/polling-station/ where you will find a list of polling stations by region.
  6. You must go to the polling station where you registered to vote
  7. Take with you your voter ID card it makes things easier when you get there
    • If you have lost it, or it is damaged, you will need to explain to the presiding officer or their assistant when you get to the polling station and they will take you through a process of electronic identification
  8. You will be checked off against the register to see that you have not already voted and to make sure you don’t vote again – a mark will be made on you, usually your fingernail, to show easily that you have voted
  9. You will be given a ballot paper with the stamp of the EC on it and it will show you the pictures and party emblem of the candidates for President
  10. You will be given a ballot paper with the stamp of the EC on it and it will show you the pictures and party emblem of the candidates for Parliamentary Representative
  11. You will place your thumb print next to the person you wish to vote for on each ballot paper– do not mark anywhere else or put your name on the paper or add any other marks otherwise your vote will not count
  12. In view of the presiding officer you will fold the paper up and place it in the right ballot box and are free to leave. They do not have to see who you have voted for. There are two ballot boxes one for Presidential and one for Parliamentary – ensure your vote goes in the correct ballot box
  13. You do not have to speak to anyone except the presiding officer and their assistants and you do not have to talk to anyone outside the polling station about your vote
  14. That completes your vote

Important things to remember:

  1. Plan your day
    • Where is your polling station?
    • What time will you vote? Early is better, even if there is a queue, it means you can get on with your day.
  2. How are you going to get to the polling station? Do you need to organize transport?
  3. Do you need to arrange for time off from the office or someone to look after the children?
  4. Make sure you have everything with you that you need – your Voter ID Card and any other form of identification
    • Take some water with you in case there is a queue
    • Be prepared for a queue and be patient

Your vote is valuable so don’t waste it by delaying or not being planned. Don’t forget the polls close at 17:00 and if you are late you will not be able to cast your vote.

Leadership That Cares Is The Leadership We Need

Leadership That Cares Is The Leadership We Need

The NDC has always been a party that truly cares for its people. As Social Democrats, we understand that the real purpose of governing is not enrichment for the few, but rather, to provide real opportunities and a good life for ALL of our citizens.

This means, most particularly, that we need to make sure that our most vulnerable citizens are cared for. The way that we treat our elderly, our children, our disabled citizens, women and others who have been disenfranchised is the true reflection of our heart as a nation. In an address yesterday, Nana Oye Lithur the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, demonstrated the massive impact the LEAP programme has for over 213,000 households across all 216 Districts helping make the lives of our most vulnerable citizens a little more comfortable. The programme now includes pregnant women and children under 12 months old. Another 50,000 households are due to come on to the scheme shortly.

We understand that creating “tax cuts” for the wealthiest people does nothing at all for those who need it most – in fact, cutting taxes from those who can afford it, reduces the resources we have available to take care of those in the most need.

Any one of us could, at any time, find ourselves in need of social protection and assistance. It is our job as government to ensure that this social protection safety net is in place, so that nobody falls through the cracks. In our drive towards progress and prosperity, we cannot afford to leave anybody behind.

This is why we’ve invested so heavily in social protection, through enacting legislation as well as implementing initiatives to protect and assist our most vulnerable. To date, the NDC government has made impressive progress in social protection, and the difference can be seen in the lives of our people.

Quick Facts:

  • We have: Halved extreme poverty 2 years ahead of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline.
  • We have: Increased LEAP beneficiary households to 213,000
  • We have: Ensured that older citizens receive priority access to all social services, transport terminals, hospitals and banks.
  • We have: Provided gender-based resource centres in market areas.
  • We have: Enacted gender equality legislative initiatives including affirmative action, property rights of spouses, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Expanding Social Intervention, 2017 and Beyond

  • We will: Identify vulnerable people to be empowered as business owners
  • We will: Increase our LEAP beneficiaries by 350,000
  • We will: Continue registration of vulnerable people on the NHIS, enabling kayayei, the elderly and persons with disabilities improved access to quality healthcare.
  • We will: Target child-headed households, lepers, the aged and urban poor for social protection interventions.
  • We will: Change the Lives of Our Citizens!

We cannot forget those who cannot speak for themselves. We as the NDC will be their voice, and we say that leadership who truly cares is the only leadership that works for all of Ghana.