The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Haruna Iddrisu made this known at a public forum on the Constitution Amendment Bill on Monday. Mr Iddrisu is also a member of Government’s Economic Management team.
Addressing the forum, Mr Iddriu said, “so far, government has released GH¢693 million to support the operations and activities of the Electoral Commission out of a budget request of GH¢822 million.”
He also gave the assurance that the government will honour any additional requests from the EC.
Government initially slashed the GH¢1.5 to GH¢1.2 billion, a figure Ghana’s international donor partners expressed concern with and then eventually allocated GH¢ 826 million to the EC.
The Finance Ministry has also made budgetary provisions in the event of run-off during the elections, Mr. Iddrisu assured.
“Ghana will honour its obligation to adequately finance and resource the EC to conduct a free and fair election… as and when they make additional, requests, the Minister of Finance has made extra budgetary provisions in the event of a run-off,” he said.