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Politics Tue, 22 May 2012

Parliamentary Aspirant calls on EC to spread mopping up exercise

The Dome-Kwabenya New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Aspirant has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to gauge critical areas where technical challenges of the Biometric Voter Registration exercise affected most people.

This, Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo said, would facilitate the spreading of the mopping up exercise to ensure that every Ghanaian who had attained the voting age and qualified to vote were not unnecessarily disenfranchised.

She said even though the exercise was successful, some people could not register as a result of some technical challenges.

Ms Safo was addressing polling station officers and agents in the constituency, who manned the various registration centres during the exercise to show her appreciation for the commitment and hard work they exhibited during the period.

She pointed out that, any technical ineptitude on the part of the EC must not disenfranchise legitimate voters and therefore, the need to expand the mopping up exercise to cater for those that could not register.

“The party and I are indebted to you for the great deal of commitment and zeal that you demonstrated and by dint of your hard work we made a significant improvement by hitting 125,439 as against the under 100,000 recorded over the last registration. This speaks volumes of your unflinching support and commitment you showed during the exercise.”

Ms Safo told the teeming crowd over how elated she had been in seeing them display such high level of commitment and expressed the hope that, similar commitment would be made on the December 7 polls.

She pointed out that, some of the policies being envisaged by the NPP such as the free Senior High School, would establish Ghana as a literate society where every Ghanaian would be able to participate in the analysis of Government policies and assess its performance.

"The inner city development projects will bridge the gap between the lower income earners and the middle income earners,” Ms Safo added.

Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, General Secretary of NPP commended the officers and agents for the good work done, and said the constituency provided accurate reports and increased the voter numbers to more than 125,000.

He urged them to show more commitment to ensure that the party wins the election. **

Source: GNA