Mixed reactions about extension of registration

Mr. Kofi Adams — NDC National Organiser

Mr. Kofi Adams — NDC National Organiser

There are mixed reactions about the need to extend the limited voter registration exercise which ended on Sunday.

While members of the public are unanimous that the Electoral Commission (EC) should extend the nationwide exercise, the political parties are unable to hold a common ground on the issue.

In separate interviews with The Ghanaian Times, after the exercise, some of those who were not captured, said it was against their fundamental human rights, and threatened to sue the EC, while others gave indication that they would petition the President and the Council of State to compel the Commission to reconsider its decision.

For his part, the Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akomea, said the EC had to meet the political parties to evaluate the exercise and see the way forward.

According to him, the occasion would afford the parties the chance to make their submission on the exercise and if the need be, extend the exercise.

The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Attik Mohammed, said the turnout was not impressive, and urged that something be done about it.

According to him, a number of people, including the youngsters, could not register either due to broken down equipment, low publicity, the limited time or because they were writing examinations.

He said there was the need for the country to seriously consider harmonising institutions to have a central system to capture anybody who turned 18, or the system where a single card could be used to do everything, including voting.

Mr. Kofi Adam, National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, on his part, said once the exercise had ended, it had ended, excerpt that the Commission wanted to conduct the exercise again.

According to him, time was essential and once a deadline was given, it should be respected, more especially where people decided to do things at the last hour.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour

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