Expanding limited voter registration exercise not feasible – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is “not feasible” to extend the deadline for the current limited voter registration exercise.

The Commission said that despite the technical challenges encountered in the first two days of the exercise, the process has since run smoothly across the country without any hindrance.

The Commission started the registration of new voters on May 7, 2024 and the exercise is scheduled to end on May 27, 2024.

At a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, Samuel Tettey, EC vice-chairman in charge of operations, said the 21-day period allocated for the exercise was sufficient.

He said that unlike the first week of the registration exercise, where large queues were recorded at some registration centres, the number had reduced at many registration centers with a week left before the scheduled closing date of the process.

Tettey said the Commission’s mobile teams had also been deployed in hard-to-reach areas to enable applicants who are unable to access district registration centers to do so.

“This is good enough to cover all the difficult areas that the Commission assigned,” he said.

“We actually don’t think it’s feasible at this point for anyone to request an extension,” Tettey added.

The data published by the EC indicate that at the close of registration on the 13thth On the day of the exercise, Sunday, May 19, 2024, a total of 522,025 new voters had been registered, of which 446,416 (85.52) were first-time voters between 18 and 21 years old.

Of the total number, 246,455, representing 47.21 percent of registered voters, are men and 275,570, representing 52.79 percent, are women.

The EC had aimed to register a total of 623,000 voters by the end of the financial year.

Tettey said a total of 813 people living with disabilities had been registered nationwide.

“The total number of contested cases throughout the country amounts to 7,821,” he added.

Regional breakdown

The Greater Accra region has registered 74,420 voters (14.3 percent); Northeast, 14,147 (2.7 percent); Upper East, 20,125 (3.9 percent); North, 47,948 (9.2 percent); Bond, 20,886 (4.0 percent); Bono Este, 18,861 (3.6 percent); Volta, 26 years old, 486 (5.1 percent); Upper West, 15,652 (3.0 percent); Eastern, 48,563 (9.3 percent); Central, 56,141 (10.8 percent), and Ahafo, 10,861 (2.1 percent).

The remaining records are Ashanti, 90,480 (17.3 percent), North Western; 16,225 (3.1 percent); Otí; 14,844 (2.8 percent); Savannah 12,767 (2.4 percent); and Western Region, 33,609 (6.4%).

The Commission urged the public to ignore claims by a group called Election Watch Ghana which alleged that the EC was using “stolen” biometric voter registration (BVR) kits “to secretly register voters”.

Mr Tettey described the allegations as unfounded and explained that five Commission laptops and not BVR kits were stolen.

“The five missing laptops alone cannot be used to register voters,” he said.

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