Voter registration exercise won’t be extended – EC

By Majesty 2 Min Read

According to the Electoral Commission (EC), it is “not viable” to extend the deadline for the current restricted voter registration effort. 

The EC says that, despite some technical difficulties in the first two days, registration has gone smoothly nationwide in the subsequent days. 

Commencing on May 7, 2024, the voter registration drive is expected to end on May 27, 2024. Samuel Tettey, Deputy EC Chair in Charge of Operations, said that the 21-day allotted period for the exercise is adequate during a news conference in Accra on Tuesday. 

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Although there were long lines at certain registration centres the first week, he pointed out that as the deadline draws nearer, the number of applicants has dramatically dropped.

Additionally, Mr. Tettey stated that in order to help individuals who are unable to visit district centres register, mobile teams have been sent to difficult-to-reach locations. 

This is sufficient to address every challenging area designated by the Commission,” he declared. Mr. Tettey continued, “We don’t really think that it is conceivable for anyone to request for an extension at this moment.

“There are 7,821 challenged cases nationwide overall,” he continued. 522,025 new voters were registered as of Sunday, May 19, 2024, the thirteenth day of the exercise, according to EC data. 446,416 (85.52%) of them are 18–21-year-old first-time voters. There are 275,570 (52.79%) female voters and 246,455 (47.21%) male voters among the registered voters. 

By the end of the process, the EC hopes to have registered 623,000 voters overall. Additionally, Mr. Tettey stated that 813 disabled people had registered nationwide.

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