A Guide Book for candidates and their agents in the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections has been launched in Accra.

The Guide Book outlines the duties and responsibilities of candidates seeking election to the Presidency or Parliament and is expected to help potential candidates and the agents of the candidates understand the nomination and electoral process.

Developed by the Electoral Commission of Ghana with sponsorship by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the guide is divided into four parts, with part one containing guidelines on the process for becoming a presidential or parliamentary candidate as well as other useful information for candidates.

Part two deals with the important role of polling agents, their duties and responsibilities, and what they should do and what they should not do while part three gives general information about elections which are useful for candidates and agents, with part four providing details on biometric and manual verification.

In an address at the launch, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Chalotte Osei, said achieving free, fair credible and transparent elections was equally the responsibility of the candidates and their appointed agents as well as the general public and not only that of the Electoral Commission.

Mr Osei said for a democratic political system to be truly representative, voters needed an electoral process that was imbued with integrity, adding that ensuring integrity in the electoral process required that candidates, agents, voters and the electoral management body conducted their activities in line with laid down laws and policies.

She, therefore, urged all candidates and their agents to study the guide in order to abide by laid down laws and policies.

She expressed the hope that candidates and polling agents would play their respective roles dutifully and in good faith to ensure a peaceful electoral process.

Mrs Osei expressed gratitude to USAID for their financial support towards the publication of the guide.

Source: Government of Ghana.