Funds for Assembly elections at last

…GH¢6.3 million released to EC

By Bismark Bebli

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan - Chairman , EC

A few days after the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari- Gyan had publicly complained about the lack of funds to run the  District Assembly elections, information reaching The Chronicle indicates that  the government has now released  GH¢6.3million to the Commission to carry out the exercise.

The Director of Budgets at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Simeon Patrick Kyei, who confirmed the release of the money to the EC, stated that the letter to that effect was signed on the 30th of November this year, and that if the release had delayed, it might be due to the process it has to go through at the Bank of Ghana.

“Indeed, various sums of money had been released to the EC towards the District Assembly elections. The last release was on November 30, 2010, but I am not sure the EC had received the money by now, because it has to go through a process. It must go through the Controller and Accountant General before the Bank of Ghana,” he said.

According to him, he did not understand the complaint of the EC, since the government had continuously released funds to it when the need arose.

It would be recalled that Dr. Afari-Gyan, the chairman of the EC, at a forum at Ho in the Volta Region last week, lamented the lack of funds to run the district level elections and warned that the process could be postponed if nothing was done to salvage the situation.

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