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Ghana’s Electoral Commission says fire outbreak at its district office did not affect main block, data centre

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) said here Friday a fire outbreak at its regional office at Sarpeiman did not affect its data centre.

“The fire did not affect the main administration block,” the EC said in a statement.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but local media reports said it hit the storage facility of the commission’s regional office.

“The fire struck the storage facility of the Sarpeiman Office and destroyed several used items including old forms, ballot boxes and referendum stationery,” the statement said.

However, it said “personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service were able to bring the fire under control”, and entreated the public to ignore reports that the fire destroyed its data centre.

“The Electoral Commission assures the general public that its data centre is safe and secure.

“The Electoral Commission is working closely with the Fire Service and the security agencies to unearth the cause of the fire,” it said in the statement.

Jean Mensa, chairperson of the EC, announced here Thursday that the commission registered a total of 16.9 million citizens during the 38-day voter registration exercise to put together a new voter’s register.

The total number, which exceeded the commission’s 15 million eligible voters’ target by 1.9 million, was also slightly higher than the 16.8 million in the old register.

"A little breakdown shows that the new register captured 1.3 million first-time voters," Mensa said at a press conference Thursday.


-0-  PANA She said t RA   14Aug2020