Ghana’s political parties have reached an agreement with the Electoral Commission (EC) to use the continuous registration process to register eligible voters who were unable to take part in the recent limited registration exercise.
Most observers and some parties had earlier called for the extension of the limited registration exercise by the EC following reports that several Ghanaians had not had their names included in the voters’ roll before the May 8 deadline.
The EC however, dismissed those calls, arguing that the exercise had been successful with over 90 percent of the targeted 1.2 million eligible voters were registered.
At an Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting, the parties and the EC deliberated on the issues which were raised during the limited registration exercise and reached a consensus to support the continuous registration.
Speaking to journalists following Thursday’s meeting, the acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said: “If we are able to finalize the modalities for continuous registration which we are looking at, and making sure that it conforms with the C.I in order to ensure that the timelines with the exhibition, the timelines with the provisional register and the final register conforms with it, then it will be clear for each and every one in order to ensure that we have a successful electioneering.”
The Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo added that following the end of the limited registration exercise, the opportunity provided for eligible voters to register in the continuous exercise was most welcome.
“Since it is continuous registration and registration is not compulsory, it is voluntary, people can decide to come and register. So we believe that once an opportunity is granted for limited registration, everybody has the opportunity to go and register at the registration center.
“It is said that every week, once a day, come to the district capital, those who want it I think should make the effort to go and register. In this current registration exercise, there are people who traveled from foreign countries to come and register because they believe that they want their names to be in the register,” he said.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides