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ndc party.jpgThe Secretary of the Odododiodoo Constituency of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Joseph Otoo, has called on the Electoral
Commission (EC) to expedite action on a petition to remove some
registration and polling centers in the area.

The petition to the EC last year signed by the Constituency Chairman,
Mr.
Daniel Nii Okai, indicated that the continuous presence of 18 centres
in the Central Business District was against the guidelines for the
placement of polling and registration stations.

It stated that as the name implied the Central Business District was
not a residential area but purely a business and commercial centre made up of offices, shops and markets.

“Since
elections had to do with residence that is captured in the registration
forms and had nothing to do with business, the existence of these
polling stations was untenable and had to be removed,” the party said.

Speaking
to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Sunday, Mr. Otoo recalled an
earlier petition on the same issue on March 9 2004 and said the
District Registration Committee also recommended the cancellation of
the registration of over 400 people because they were challenged.

He said that supported the stance of the NDC executives that the 18
centres should be removed because some of the people who registered in the Central Business District could not be traced.

Mr.
Okai who was with the Secretary pointed out that it was the decision of
the party to co-operate with the Commission to resolve the matter that
saved a nasty and embarrassing situation and the people were
transferred to their places of residence without any of them loosing
the right to vote.

The two NDC executives appealed to the
Commission to take action on the petition to avoid the situation that
developed in 2004 and said the NDC was prepared to lend its
co-operation to resolve the concerns before this year’s review of the
voters register.

Reasons stated for the removal of the
registration and polling centres included the fact that the
constituency had 10 markets in the area for which reason people from
all walks of life flooded the vicinity daily to transact business and
that those without fixed addresses in the area far outnumbered
residents.

Centres identified to be removed included the
AMA Head Office Registration and polling centre, Independence Avenue
JSS, Water and Sewerage Yard, State Insurance Company, Fire Service
Yard, Ayalolo Primary School and the Railway Yard registration and
polling centres.

The petition noted among other issues that, because people who registered
in
these centres were of no fixed addresses it contravened the provision
that one should either be resident or ordinarily resident in an
electoral area.

It noted that these same people went to their proper places of residence
and registered again using their proper identification and particulars.

The fact that people from other localities were in the constituency most
of
the working week did not mean that they could vote in the area, the
petition indicated and pointed out that people should give truthful and
accurate information about their residence.

Mr. Otoo noted
that, even though the EC acknowledged receipt of the petition, it said
it was referring it to the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC)
because “It was not a one party issue”.

The NDC Constituency
Secretary stated that, it enquiries at the IPAC indicated that the EC
had not forwarded the petition to the Committee.

Mr. Otoo
called on the EC to ensure that the matter was resolve before the
public display of the Voters Register for this year’s elections.

Source: GNA

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