EC Conducts Pilot Registration Exercise In All 16 Regions
Pilot registration exercise in Bolgatanga
A pilot registration exercise is being conducted by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 in all sixteen regions to assess the process and gather concerns associated with the registration prior to the commencement of the main voter’s registration exercise.
The Commission made this move known in a Facebook post which states that “the essence of the exercise being conducted in all the regional offices of the Commission, is meant to identify problems associated with the new system, including its effect under various weather conditions and find ways of mitigating them.”
According to the post, this is to make sure that all challenges are addressed before the main event.
It reads, “all issues identified will be forwarded to the Commission at the national level for the necessary rectifications to be made before the commencement of the exercise at the end of this month.”
The EC assured that measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of citizens and urged persons who haven’t registered with the Commission especially 18-year-olds to indulge in the exercise.
“All Ghanaian citizens of 18 years and above and of sound mind are expected to register where they reside when the exercise begins; with either a Ghanaian passport or Ghana card as proof of identification or have two guarantors who have already registered as voters so they can register. Safety measures will be put in place at all registration centres throughout the country to protect applicants, who are mandated to wear nose masks to the registration centres,” it emphasized.
The Commission further appealed to all Ghanaians for their cooperation to make the upcoming exercise successful.
Pilot registration exercise in Koforidua
Prior to this day, the Electoral Commission has faced criticisms and opposition from different groups and individuals.
The opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been among the leading opponents having its members such as the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George obtain a temporary injunction to stop the Electoral Commission from holding a voter registration training workshop at Prampram. The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu beckoning the commission to reveal its source of funding for the personal protective wears (PPEs) the commission will be using for the voter’s registration exercise.
Notwithstanding, the EC held a “successful” Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on the compilation of a new voters’ register which the NDC boycotted.
After President Akufo-Addo’s 10th address to the nation on Sunday May 31, 2020, the green light was given to the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) to resume their registration exercises following the lifting of the ban on public and social gatherings.
The President however emphasized that such bodies need to adhere to safety protocols during their activities.
“…Statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education, and the National Identification Authority, whose activities were exempted from the outset from these restrictions, must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing and the necessary hygiene and safety protocols,” he said.