Joe Ghartey Urges Ghanaians To Register

Joe-GharteyAn aspiring presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Joe Ghartey has appealed to qualified citizens to ensure that they register in the on-going limited registration exercise being undertaken by the Electoral Commission.

This followed the reported low turnout in most of the registration centres across the country for those who had turned 18 years and those who do not have their names in the voters’ register.

The registration exercise which began on Monday, August 4, aimed at offering Ghanaians who have attained the minimum voting age of 18 years and other adults who do not have the names in the voters’ register to do so.

To be eligible, a person must prove his or her status by tendering a citizen’s identity card, driver’s license, a birth certificate, a passport, a baptismal certificate or to be attested by two guarantors.

Mr Ghartey made the appeal when he toured some registration centres in the Central Region on Friday.

The tour was part of efforts to acquaint himself with the on-going exercise and encourage Ghanaians who have not registered to do so.

He visited some registration centres in Cape Coast South, Abura-Asebu-Kwamankesi and Mfantsiman constituencies.

At the Cape Coast Castle and Amanful registration centres, 53 and 61 people respectively had registered as at 12.30 p.m.

The Registration Officer at the Cape Coast Castle registration centre indicated that the centre had not recorded any incident since the commencement of the exercise.

The situation was no different from what the team witnessed at Brofoyedur also in the Cape Coast South constituency and some centres at Moree in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankesi constituency of the Central Region.

Mr. Ghartey blamed the low turnout on the poor publicity given by the Electoral Commission before the commencement of the exercise.

He appealed to the media to intensify information regarding the exercise and urged the various political parties to encourage eligible people to have their names in the Voters’ register.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh – Cape Coast.

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