The New Patriotic Party in Walewale in the Northern Region is worried about the lack of logistics at the Electoral Commission’s district office for the continuous registration exercise.
The Commission set August 19 and 26 for the exercise after concerns that the previous one recorded low patronage.
The NPP in Walewale is worried hundreds of new voters will not have the opportunity to register because of the lack of registration materials.
“The EC seems not to be prepared for the continuous limited registration exercise that has just commenced today because there are I mean long queues there. The Electoral Commission has only 20 copies of the form one which is the primary document for the entire registration exercise. So we feel that the Electoral Commission lacks logistics to carry out the limited continuous registration exercise,” Simon Ali, NPP Secretary for Walewale told Citi News.
Mr. Ali also appealed for the exercise to be extended.
“Also we are appealing to the EC to extend the date for the continuous limited registration exercise because the EC has only 19th and 26th of August to carry out this exercise. For instance, the Walewale Constituency has a total of 118 Polling Stations; so assuming one person comes from each of the polling stations, we are going to even have 118 people against 20 forms which is generally inadequate,” he added.
Voter registration records high turnout
The EC after last Friday’s exercise in the various districts across the country experienced high turnout and has thus extended the exercise to August 27, 2016.
It also said challenges including network problems and power outages compelled them to extend the closing time to “8:00pm across the country.”
By: Godwin .A Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana