Power Ministry donates 15,000 solar lamps for elections

December 4, 2016
Source: Thomas-Moore Adingo | thebftonline.com | Ghana
Power Ministry donates 15,000 solar lamps for elections

The Ministry of Power and its agencies have expressed readiness for Wednesday December 7 general elections.

Speaking in Accra at an event to present 15,000 solar lamps to the Electoral Commission, Solomon Asoalla, Chief Director for the Ministry said the power sector has put in place stringent measures that will ensure that power outages does not interrupt the conduct of the elections.

“We have assurance from the ECG that they are working around the clock to ensure that there is power stability during the elections and thereafter.

Information made available to the ministry indicates that ECG and NEDCo would provide 275 generator sets at all the 275 collation centres on standby, in case of any eventuality,” Mr. Asoalla said.

In places that have not been connected to the national grid, like most island communities, the Chief Director explained that, “we have commissioned mini grids --- the combination of wind and solar power, to ensure that counting is done properly in the full glare of everyone.”

The blueprint, which according to the ministry was designed after consultative meetings with major agencies in the power sector, is therefore expected to contribute towards the conduct of free and fair elections on Wednesday.”

Mr. Asoalla further assured of the readiness of all agencies in the sector and that they are working 24hours to ensure that everything goes on smoothly in the power sector, on the day of voting.

Receiving the presentation, Georgina Opoku Amankwah, Deputy Chairperson in charge of Corporate Affairs, Electoral Commission, expressed her gratitude for the gesture, saying that the donation and plans by the Power Ministry comes as a welcome relief to the Commission.

“Electricity is a vital ingredient for us especially during the collation exercise. This time round, the EC is going to do the electronic transmission and our consultants had advised us to get generator sets for each of the collation centres, which our budget could not take care of. So we are very pleased that you have come in with these important materials.”

According to her, “There is not going to be any excuse that we did not get electricity or power so counting or voting should stop. We have also procured some of the lamps, so yours is also going to augment what we have.”