EC Pilot Voter Registration Kicks-Off

The Electoral Commission on Tuesday began the Pilot Exercise on the compilation of the new voter register in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital and the other 15 regional capitals.

The essence of the exercise being conducted in all the regional offices of the Commission is meant to identify problems associated with the new system, including its effect under various weather conditions and find ways of mitigating them.

At exactly 7 am when the exercise began, the EC officials were already set with their machines waiting to conduct the pilot.

DGN gathered during a visit to the centre that all the safety measures were being put in place at the registration centre to protect applicants, who are mandated to wear nose masks to the registration centre.

The applicants who stormed the centre undergo the washing of hands, as a Veronica bucket was placed at a vantage point, a thermometer gun was used to test their temperature before they were allowed to sit under a canopy where chairs have been arranged in a distance level in an open space.

There were about 20 applicants at the scene who were observing social distance under the tent waiting to reach their turns and get their names registered.

DGN noted that the process lasts for about 10 minutes which every applicant who went through the process got his name registered and was given an instant voter ID card.

The EC has already noted that with regards to the piloting, all issues identified will be forwarded to the Commission at the national level for the necessary rectification to be made before the commencement of the exercise at the end of this month.

The EC noted that all Ghanaian citizens of 18 years and above and of sound mind are expected to register where they reside when the exercise begins; with either a Ghanaian passport or Ghana card as proof of identification or have two guarantors so they can register.

FROM Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua