EC to create 200 additional areas in W/R

Mr Opoku-Mensah

Mr Opoku-Mensah

The Electoral Commission (EC) will create 200 electoral areas in the Western Region to help in effective and efficient political administration as well as local governance.

It already has 544 electoral areas and the additional areas will also facilitate accelerated development.

Stephen Opoku-Mensah, the Western Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), who disclosed this in Sekondi, said it was very prudent to undertake the exercise bearing in mind the creation of new regions hoping to create “Western North” by the end of the year.

He called on the citizenry to cooperate with the EC in the pending exercise to determine boundaries of electoral areas, names and suitable centres of newly demarcated areas.

Mr Opoku-Mensah hinted that government may carve out six more regions including that of Western North may have nine districts towards proper planning and demarcation of electoral areas to ensure full participation in the governance process.

“The new regions and electoral areas are expected to enhance development and bring it closer to the doorsteps of the citizenry however, the limited biometric voter registration exercise will commence September 16 to September, 27 this year.

“The exercise will enable citizens who previously did not register or voters who have misplaced their cards to register for new cards across all the districts.

“An applicant will be required to pay a replacement fee of GHȻ5 into the commission’s bank account, present the deposit slip to the district office of the commission where they registered for spot printing and collection of the new ID cards.

“It is an offence to engage in multiple registration and such persons will be dealt with in accordance with law, their names taken off the Voters’ Register for a period of five years.

Relatedly, the EC has started the process of creating 11 new electoral areas in the Bosome Freho District of the Ashanti Region.

The exercise is expected to increase the total number of electoral areas in the district to 32 from the current 21.

It also sought to agree on the names and boundaries of the new electoral areas – a critical aspect of the exercise which most often generated debate among the citizenry in the affected areas.

Grace Navele, the District Electoral Officer, said although the EC was responsible for the creation of electoral areas, it could not embark on the exercise without consulting stakeholders. -GNA


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