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16,517 first time voters registered according to EC data


By Jeremiah Nutsugah

The Electoral Commission (EC) has registered 16,517 first time voters on the first day of the voter registration exercise.

The Electoral Commission initiated its registration exercise on Tuesday, May 7, covering all regions.

The data indicated that across the 16 regions, including the Greater Accra Region, there were 2,137 new voters, 754 in the Volta Region, 1,588 in the Eastern Region, 988 in the Western Region, 752 in the Western North, 2,493 in the Central Region, 246 in the Oti Region, 2,732 in the Ashanti Region, 340 in the Bono Region, 408 in the Brong Ahafo Region, 838 in the Bono East, 290 in the Savannah Region, 1,400 in the Northern Region, 508 in the North East, 435 in the Upper East, and 608 in the Upper West Region.

The Ashanti Region saw the highest number of new voters registering, according to the data.

The data revealed that 52.5% of registered voters were female and 47.5% were male on the first day of the exercise.

Additionally, 94.8% of registered voters were youth, with first-time voters accounting for 82.8%. Among them, 12.1% were aged 22–35, 2.2% were aged 36–45, 1.3% were aged 46–55, 1.0% were aged 56–65, and 0.65% were 66 years and above.

Although there were some difficulties encountered on day one of the exercise, it has successfully registered 16,517 new voters.

Monday, May 13, marks the seventh day of the ongoing exercise across the country.

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