The Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) will soon resume their registration exercises following the lifting of the ban on public and social gatherings.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo in his 10th address to the nation on Sunday, May 31, 2020, urged such bodies 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.
President Akufo-Addo, on March 15, 2020, placed a ban on all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities, and other related events as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The National Identification Authority which was organising its Ghana Card registration exercise at the time was compelled to suspend the exercise. During that period, Ghana had recorded six cases of COVID-19.
Although some political bodies have kicked against the EC’s decision to compile a new voter’s register, the Board is expected to provide updates to Parliament on its preparations towards Ghana’s 2020 general elections.
IPAC meeting was successful – Electoral Commission
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) says the desired aim of its Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) on the compilation of a new voters’ register was achieved despite the absence of the largest opposition party in the country–the National Democratic Congress.
According to the Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, the Commission is unfazed since its decision to fix a date for the registration exercise was unanimously agreed by all the participating parties.
“As far as we are concerned, we had a successful meeting. We invited everybody and so those who came, we made use of them. We had a successful meeting because it is not possible to have everybody anytime there is an IPAC meeting,” he said
Currently, Ghana’s COVID-19 total case count pegs at 8,070, with 2,947 recoveries and 36 deaths.