Ghana’s Electoral Commission, (EC), has set June 7 to 27, 2019, to undertake a nationwide limited voters registration.
The exercise which is to offer the opportunity to Ghanaians who have attained 18 years, since the last registration as well as those who for one reason or the other have never registered, to do so, will start between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm each day including Saturdays and Sundays.
Addressing the media at the EC Headquarters in Accra, the Chairperson, Mrs. Jean Mensah said as part of the Commission’s preparations toward the conduct of the 2019 District Level Elections and the Referendum on the election of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s), “the Commission will undertake a Limited Voters Registration in all the District Offices of the Commission and some selected in all the electoral areas across the country”.
According to her, registration materials needed for the exercise have been procured and are ready for distribution to the Regions and the Districts at appropriate time.
Explaining the likely challenges and mitigation measures, Mrs. Mensa said The Commission will hire standby generators to be used in District offices and polling centres in the selected electoral areas during power outages.
“The Commission is also engaging the Power Distribution Services, (PDS), of Ghana to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the registration period,” she added.
On the issue of long queues at registration centres, the EC chair mentioned that, The Commission has extended the duration of the registration from the usual 14 days to 21 days to reduce the incidence of long queues: “We are of the view that this will provide enough time to enable those who seek to register to do so in comfort.”
Again the Commission will extend the registration time beyond 6:00 pm. in the event of long queues.
To reduce delays and long queues at the District Offices the Commission is also recruiting additional registration officers and data entry clerks who will serve as relievers. This will ensure that there are no breaks in the course of the day”.
Applicants are expected to provide the following documents to prove his or her eligiblity: A passport, a Driver’s License, a National Identification Card, Non-biometric Voter‘s ID as well as A Voter Registration Identification Guarantee Form that has been completed and signed by two (2) registered voters in the event where the applicant does not have any of the documents listed above. Successful applicant will then be interviewed and relevant forms completed.
Story by Edzorna Francis Mensah