Review limited registration exercise process – Mahama appeals to EC





9.5.19





Former President, John Dramani Mahama, says the current arrangement put in place by the Electoral Commission (EC) for the limited registration of voters, will disenfranchise many Ghanaians.

He, therefore, wants the EC to take a second look at the decision to solely carry out the registration at the commission’s district offices.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had kicked against the decision saying it will not be in the interest of voters.

Adding his voice to the matter during the third leg of his tour of the Greater Accra region at Chorkor, the NDC Presidential Candidate said; “we want to appeal to the Electoral Commission because if you go to some constituencies, the fact that they are registering in the district office of the EC is a big worry because the distance from some of the electoral areas to the EC’s district office is a very far one.”

“It is going to be difficult for everybody to be able to travel that long distance to go and register. The last time it is was done like that, the registration was a failure because the number that registered was very few.”

“If the EC doesn’t listen and goes ahead, the result will be that, they will not be able to capture the numbers that are eligible to register. So the registration should take place in the electoral areas so that more people will go and write their names in the register,” he warned.

The NDC had insisted that the EC must stick to the decentralisation of the exercise up to the electoral area levels instead of the 260 districts offices.

According to the party, the entrenched position of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct the upcoming limited voter registration exercise was distasteful and a threat to the Commission as an institution.