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Special Voting: No Registered Security Personnel would be prevented from voting-EC

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has described as baseless and unfounded a viral video suggesting that the Commission has denied security agencies the opportunity to register in the special voting exercise slated for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

The EC in a statement said the contents of the video are false and should be disregarded.

It explained that a few names on the special voters’ register went missing due to the submission of wrong ID card numbers.

“It is important to note that a few persons submitted wrong ID card numbers. Unfortunately, those persons were not reflected on the Special Voters Register as their ID cards were invalid. Some of these applicants submitted the ID numbers of the old voters’ ID card.”

The EC also dispelled claims that applicants who had applied for special voting but did not have their names captured in the register would not be allowed to vote during the elections.

“For the first time in the history of the Electoral Commission, the Register of Special Voters, as well as the Locations for Special Voting, has been published on the website of the Commission.”

Apart from this viral video, a Security Analyst, Adam Bona had also alleged that over 60 percent of the security personnel being deployed for election 2020 duties do not have their names in the special voting list.

Mr. Bona did not provide evidence of the claim although he said he had received information from various security agencies.

The EC, however, denied this claim, saying it is very unlikely that such omissions or additions will occur.


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