Power outages, a worry to voter registration exercise-EC says

The District Director of the Electoral Commission for Atwima Kwanwoma District, Mrs. Elizabeth Ohene, has confirmed that the power outages have been a major challenge faced with the 2024 Limited Voters’ Registration Exercise, which commenced about a week ago.

She explained that the technical challenges, which were experienced at the EC district office, had to do with internet connectivity. The officer, however, noted that the above challenges have not brought the exercise to a halt but other alternatives resulted to make way for the registration smooth and peaceful.

  • Manual registration on-going at EC office at Twedie

The EC used the opportunity to call on all eligible applicants and encouraged them to come out in their numbers to register so as to exercise their civil right as Ghanaians on the election day once they have attained 18 years and above.

  • Applicants waiting for their turn

 The EC in an interview with Information Services Department (ISD), has admonished all stakeholders to desist from the act of transporting minors to the registration centre to avoid anything that will undermine the commission’s credibility. Mrs. Ohene urged the political parties to stay committed to support the EC for a more credible and clean register.

Agents of the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), expressed shared their experiences and lauded the EC for a smooth and clean work done so far.

According to them, the Electoral Commission has demonstrated professionalism and has liaised well with both political parties and the applicants respectively. “The level of maturity and professionalism so far demonstrated and the cordial relationship and dialogue among actors of the and the EC is overwhelmed”, they said. On Monday, May 13, 2024 at 12 noon when the ISD visited the center, applicants were nicely seated at the EC premises waiting patiently for their turn in a calm and relaxed manner. According to some of the applicants, their only challenge was the power outages that were delaying the process because the manual registration was not as quick as the electronic system which make them spend much time in the queue. SOURCE, SAMUEL ANTWI ISD

  • Another set of applicants in the queue at the registration center

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