Politics Sun, 15 Sep 2019

EC extends voters’ register exhibition exercise

The Electoral Commission has extended its voters’ register exhibition exercise.

The exercise started on September 10, 2019 and was expected to end on September 17, 2019.

A statement signed by Acting Director of Public Affairs at the EC, Sylvia Annor, however, said the exercise will now end on September 20th 2019.

“The Electoral Commission wishes to announce for the information of the general public that it has extended the period for the exhibition of the voters register from Tuesday, 17th September to Friday, 20th September 2019.”

“All registered voters who registered from 2012 to 2019 are expected to check their names and particulars at their designated exhibition centres throughout the country.”

The EC also asked various stakeholders to cooperate with “operatives on the field to make the exercise successful.”

Challenges with voters’ register exhibition

The exercise, although expected to be ongoing smoothly nationwide, is experiencing some challenges.

In the New Juaben North and South constituencies in the Eastern Region, residents were unable to go check their details when the exercise started on Tuesday.

Registers for the areas were not part of the stocks received from the headquarters of the EC when the materials arrived late Monday night.

In the Tamale Central constituency of the Northern Region, there were a number of challenges that limited the participation of residents in the process but the Acting Northern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Lucas Yiryel assured that the problem will be rectified.

“There are some little bits of challenge that we are facing as at now. The most serious part is Tamale Central, all the registered constituencies (about 153) have not yet arrived. So I isolated one or two polling station or exhibition centres to register in some of the districts and we are communicating with Accra on that.”

Meanwhile, persistent rainfall is affecting turn out at some exhibition centres in parts of the Northern Region.

At the Dabokpa Technical Institute polling centre in the Tamale South Constituency, only 97 people out of 663 voters in the register had checked their names as at 11:30am.

Source: citinewsroom.com
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