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Day 2: 137,658 qualified voters obtain new Voters ID Cards in Ashanti region

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137,658 qualified voters in the Ashanti Region had obtained their new Voters ID Cards by the end of Day Two of the mass Voters Registration Exercise being conducted by the Electoral Commission with 59 per cent of these being females.

The Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission,  Benjamin Bannor-Bioh, who disclosed this to GBC’s Radio Ghana in Kumasi noted that the projected daily registration of an average 100 registrants at the Registration Centres were exceeded in most cases during the first two days without much challenges.

The Ashanti region has the highest number of 47 Constituencies and Registration Centres in the country.

The exercise on the first two days has been largely successful with only a few reported challenges bordering on the Cluster system adopted by the Electoral Commission kit failure and rainfall while in the Obuasi East Constituency, the rainfall led to a fewer than expected number of registrants completing the process.

A total of 137,658 qualified voters had obtained their new Voters ID Cards by the end of Day two of the registration exercise.

The Ashanti Regional Director of Elections, Benjamin Bannor-Bioh, said the EC has provided free Nose Masks for any prospective registrant who will go to Centres without a protective gear.

Asked about what plan the EC had for Senior High School students qualified to register, Mr. Bannor-Bioh said the Commission would soon announce a nation-wide arrangement to capture such citizens so as to enfranchise them for the December 7 Presidential and Parliamentary polls.

He dispelled claims that the EC had created a fertile ground for non-resident prospective registrants to infiltrate the Constituency.

Meanwhile, the special Registration Centres set up for the aged and vulnerable at the district offices have all been clustered within the premises of the Regional offices of the Commission. This appeared to be an unpopular decision as there was a very low turnout by the targeted people.

As at the time GBC’s Radio Ghana got to the premises, all the District centers were almost empty except the Subin Centre where only one retired public servant from the Military Barracks, Madam Linda Owusu had reported to go through the registration process.

She was however bounced by the officials.

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