The Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed calls for the extension of the Limited Voters’ Registration exercise.
The exercise came to an end on Sunday, May 8 with over one million people registered across the country.
However, some violent incidents, problems with some registration equipment and the absence of registration centers in some areas resulted in delays in the process.
The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Ghana revealed that about 80% of eligible students were unable to register before process ended.
Several groups including the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have asked the EC to extend the exercise to enable more people register.
However, the EC has said the process was successful, with over 92 percent of the number of the new voters they had expected to register had had their names put into the voters’ roll.
“If you look at analysis by the statistical service, we were trying to achieve a target of 1.2 million that is the register-able population. Fortunately at the end of the exercise, the figures that we had from the three regions indicate that we have 1, 105,686 which represents about 92 percent so our targets have really been achieved,” the Director of Electoral Services at the Commission, Samuel Tetteh said.
Mr. Tetteh admitted that some of the calls may be justified but argued that the EC’s ‘tight’ schedule makes extending the process untenable.
“Their calls may be very genuine but we have to look at it from this angle. Let us look at how many people that we actually targeted and how many who have registered. Secondly, we also have to look at it in the sense that we have a very tight timetable which we have to do exhibition. We also have to work on the registers. We are running a very tight timetable which if we are not careful we may be behind time.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com