‘9 constituencies will be created out of proposed Western-North’

 Mr Opoku- Mensah

Mr Opoku- Mensah

Nine constituencies will be created out of the proposed Western-North Region to be carved out of the Western Region.

A total of 506,500 registered voters in the region are expected to check their names in the voter register by the Electoral Commission.(EC).

The exhibition exercise of the voters’ register, afforded the electorate the opportunity to vote in a referendum on December 27,2018, for “Yes” and “No” as to the creation of the region in 947 polling stations in all the nine districts of the proposed region.

Stephen Opoku-Mensah, Western Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), disclosed this in an interview at the inception of the exercise at Sekondi.

He explained that “the EC has identified inclusion as an important benchmark of the exercise whereby prospective voters with valid ID cards whose names are not captured in the register can fight for their names to be included in the register.

“The exercise will also afford voters the opportunity to check their names if they are wrongly spelled or object to names in the register in the case of minors and expunge names of deceased persons from the register.

“We entreat that all political parties are expected to be at every polling station to monitor activities of the exhibition exercise, the EC has dispatched posters in each community as well as EC pick-ups with horn speakers moving round to sensitise the electorate to check their demographic data in the voter’s register,” Mr Opoku-Mensah noted.

Reacting to how students who were eligible voters could participate in the exercise, he said it was incumbent upon the students to travel from their various homes to their communities to check their records.

Reports indicated that the voter exhibition turnout in the Western Region was low especially in Sefwi-Wiawso and Domeabra communities. -GNA

 

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