The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana accrued an amount of Ghc 2.5 million from replacement of voter IDs for Ghanaians ahead of the 2016 December elections.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei revealed this in parliament yesterday, in a response to an urgent question filed in the name of the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for Subin, Eugene Antwi on how much the Commission accrued from the process and how it was spent.
She told the House that the Commission also made more than GH¢42,000 cedis from the sale of media accreditation cards adding that all monies were currently in the Commission’s account at GCB Bank.
Ahead of the 2016 general elections, EC announced that journalists who wished to cover the elections were to pay Ghc 10 for the accreditation card.
The Commission also charges Ghc 5 to replace Identification Cards (IDs) of Voters.
She explianed that, the information was not included in the EC’s financial statement submitted to the government claiming it was an “oversight”.
“We have opened an account with the Ghana Commercial Bank and all monies we charged for the replacement of lost ID cards went into that account… We have not expended any of that,” she said.
“In sum, we had 4,271 applications from journalists for accreditations. The printer charged GHs8 exclusive of VAT and NHIL cost. In total from media houses, we collected GH¢42,710. We paid to the printer and paid to out 42,713.60 to the printer.”
She said the Commission resorted to charging journalists because at the time they were preparing the budget estimates for the year it did not occur to them to include the costs of providing accreditation to journalists and that there was no way the Commission could have estimated the number of journalists who would cover the elections.’
“This is not the first time the Commission has charged journalists for accreditation. This had happened in the District Assembly elections and so it wasn’t the first time,” she said.