Exhibition of Voter’s Register starts from October 25

By Yaw
Ansah/William Fiabu, GNA

Accra, Oct. 24, GNA – The Electoral Commission
(EC) on Wednesday said the Exhibition of the Voters Register will start from
Thursday, October 25th to Thursday, October 31 at all 47 Districts in the four
proposed Regions to be created.

The centres would open from 0700 hours to 1800
hours throughout the period including weekends.

It said over two million registered voters are
expected to participate in the exercise.

The Commission said the exercise is in
pursuant to public elections regulations 2016 clause 91, 23 2 (a) (b), that
mandates the Commission to display the provisional register of voters of each
polling station to the public for inspection at the
registration centre for the period specified by the
Commission in the Gazette Notice. 

Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of
the EC who announced this at a media interaction said the exhibition, which
follows the successful voter’s registration exercise would provide an
opportunity for the electorate to safeguard the credibility of the Voters
Register. 

All polling stations within the carved areas
for the Referendum she said would be designated as
Exhibition centres for the display of the Provisional Voters Register
for public inspection.

Mrs Mensa stated that during the period
of the exhibition, both the 2018 provisional voters register and the 2016
voters register would be placed at the exhibition centres for
prospective voters to verify their details as captured and make requests for
amendments or insertions where necessary. 

At the Centres, she noted that the Commission
would show exceptions, exclusion and multiple
registration list adding that all prospective voters whose details
appeared on any of the lists would not have their names and photographs on the
main lists. 

Mrs Mensa remarked that voters who visit
any of the centres were expected to request for the inclusion of
omitted names, the removal of names of unqualified voters from the register and
the removal of names of deceased voters from the register.

Voters she said could check for the correction
of any misspelled names, the correction of any wrong
registration centre codes as a result of clerical error and the
replacement of poor quality or damaged Voter ID cards

Touching on logistics, she noted that all
logistics for the exhibition exercise had been procured and been delivered to
the Districts before the start of the Exhibition exercise.  

To ensure effective public education and
publicity of the exhibition exercise in the carved areas, the Commission has
taken the necessary steps including training of district electoral officers
involved in this exercise and had engaged with Public Interest and Community
Based Organisations, as well as Faith Based Organisations to explain the
modalities of the exercise. 

EC officers she explained would visit various
radio stations in the designated areas to take part in radio interviews and
panel discussions to talk about the exercise.

As part of the sensitisation
efforts, Mrs Mensah said the various districts had been provided with
Commandeered Vehicles that had been mounted with public address systems to
undertake publicity.  

She said, “Street Announcers have therefore
been temporarily employed for all the Districts in the Referendum enclaves to
announce and publicise the arrangements for the exercise. 

“Different kinds of pictorial educational
posters which depict the various elements of the processes of the Exhibition
exercise have also been posted at vantage points in all the Communities in the
carved out areas.” 

Mrs Mensa added that radio jingles with
informative and educational messages on the exercise had been produced in
English and translated into local dialects including; Ewe, Akan, Dagbani, Nzema
and Hausa to help inform people.

GNA

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