EC Announces Date For Voter Registration

Afari-GyanThe Electoral Commission (EC) says the rescheduled revision of the voters register would take place from Friday, July 25, 2014 to Sunday, August 3, 2014.

The limited voter registration is opened to Ghanaians who have attained 18 years since the main registration exercise in 2012 and eligible Ghanaians who were above 18 years during the main registration but could not register.

The exercise which originally was scheduled to take place last month was suspended due to a lack of consensus between the EC and the political parties.

A statement signed by the Deputy Commissioner of EC, in-charge of operations, Amadu Sulley, “The registration will take place at a designated registration centre in every electoral area”.

“Prospective applicants are advised to look out for the registration centres in their electoral area from the newspapers. They may also listen to the local announcement in their area for the place designated as registration centre,” it stated.

The statement said applicants would be required to show identification documents as proof of eligibility such as National Identification Card, Ghanaian Passport, Drivers Licence or an old voter ID Card.

Eligible applicants who do not have any of the identification documents mentioned may find two Ghanaians who are already registered voters to guarantee their registration by completing a voter registration identification guarantee form.

The registration will start at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. each day of the registration period, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Meanwhile, the Commission is appealing to the general public to support it in ensuring that unqualified people and minors did not get unto the voters register by volunteering information on such applicants.

“The information may be provided by filling a voter registration challenge form against the registration of such individuals. All challenges will be investigated by the District Registration Review Committees in the respective districts”.

In a related development, the EC is to hold an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Friday July 18, 2014 to discuss revision of the voters register, the report on inspection of political party offices, proposals for reforms submitted by political parties and civil society and any other business.

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