The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Shai Osudoku in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Daniel Akuffo, has warned residents below 18 years against registering under the limited voter registration process.
“Any resident caught will not be spared, the assembly will not also intervene on behalf of anyone, especially students who attempt to do so when they have not attained the mandated 18 years stipulated under the constitution,” he said.
Mr Akuffo warned when he toured registration centres on Friday in the area to acquaint himself and his team with the activities of the Electoral Commission and the National Identification Authority towards addressing their challenges following complaints by the residents that they had to spend several hours and days to have their information processed included Dodowa, Leum, Asutsuare Estates and Natriku.
The area is bereft with technological challenges as most telcos had not installed their masts due to the scattered nature of the communities, but the DCE after the interaction, realised that the two institutions were faced with serious technological challenges.
Mr Akuffo called for the cooperation of all parties to ensure the success of the exercises currently taking place in the community and attributed the scattered nature of the communities to the inability of the telcos to establish their masts and urged them to exercise restraint while officials of the two institutions found amicable solutions to the challenges confronting them.
He commended officials of the NIA for adopting innovative ways to address their challenges, and also warned foreigners to keep away from the registration centres and assured that an NIA office would be created at Dodowa while a sub office would be opened at Asutsuare to enable those who had not registered to do so.
Mr Akuffo charged the communities to be security conscious and report any strange person to the security agencies to avoid any unpleasant security situation and admonished the residents to support government’s effort to make the ‘Accra Clean’ agenda a priority by ensuring a clean environment every month.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU