Northern Region NDC calls for extension of voter registration

By
Caesar Abagali, GNA
      

Tamale, Sept. 25, GNA – The Northern Regional
Executive of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the Electoral
Commission (EC) to as a matter of urgency extend the limited voter registration
exercise in affected areas in the Region to enable more qualified persons to
register.

In a statement issued in Tamale on Monday
signed by Mr Salisu BE-Awuribe, Regional Secretary, said the exercise had been
hit with technology failure of the EC’s Technology Service Provider-STL, which
was likely to deprive many people from registering before the deadline on
September 25.

He said the EC had also failed to print the
daily reports of registered voters to the political parties at the various
centres and stressed the need for the EC to make available the daily reports
for auditing.

“These records are needed for our daily
auditing and cross referencing. This brings the operation of the EC into
question and critical scrutiny despite their earlier promise to do so,”
the statement said.

The statement also described as
discriminatory, unfair, unjust and insensitive to young registrants for
limiting the exercise to only the district offices of the EC.

The statement explained that some communities
in the affected areas had to cross rivers for the exercise at long distances,
which they could have done in their polling stations, and described the
practice ‘as a lazy way of doing things’.

The statement said the period of the exercise
had also coincided with the rainy season where some communities had been cut
off and urged the Commission to have a second look and device means to cover
the overseas areas.

The EC started limited registration exercise
in areas that the government earmarked for the creation of new regions in the
country.

The exercise, which started on Sunday,
September 16, is expected to end on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

In the Northern Region, the exercise affected
12 districts with 13 constituencies in two proposed Regions to be carved out of
the Northern Region.

GNA

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