Over two hundred and twenty thousand electoral officers who helped in the 2020 elections are yet to be paid their allowances of over a hundred million cedis four months after the exercise, Asaase Radio is learning.
The officers include all the six category of persons who usually help in the organization and smooth administration of elections namely presiding officers, verification officers, name list reference officers, covid ambassadors and ballot issuers for parliamentary and presidential candidates in the over 38,000 polling stations and special voting centres across the country.
Speaking on the Big Bulletin with Beatrice Adu, one of the presiding officers in the Oti region Solomon Kumah said the silence of the electoral commission on the development is very worrying.
“Up to now we have not heard any information as to whether they are going to pay us in the nearest possible time or no so now we are in the dark, since January this year we have not heard any information from the Electoral Commission,” he said.
Kumah added “It’s a bad situation in a way that you are expecting to be paid for a service being done and almost five months you hear nothing and you are not being told nothing at all , at least if there is a problem , we should know so that when we are waiting, we wait with patience knowing that things will be fine but the silence is also killing us .
Kumah tells Asaase Radio their have exhausted all channels of communication aimed at getting their money paid.
They want the electoral commission to expedite actions towards the payment of the electoral officers after the elections.
Meanwhile AsaaseRadio sources at the Electoral Commission told Beatrice Adu that the situation has arisen because majority of those who worked with them during the polls failed to provide the right account details.
Asaase Radio understands the finance and accounts team at the Electoral Commission is currently working on correcting the information given them so payment could be made by close of this week.