The New Patriotic Party has welcomed the Electoral Commission’s decision to re-open voter registration for those who have not yet been registered.
The Electoral Commission has reopened the window for re-registration from August 5 to 12, following pressure from political parties and key stakeholders for extension after the exercise ended on July 28.
Speaking after an emergency Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting, the NPP Acting General Secretary, John Boadu said concerns raised by his party influenced the EC’s decision to reopen the re-registration exercise.
“The New Patriotic Party is always raising the bar. Commend the NPP for being vigilant and raising the challenges on the ground,” he said.
Mr. Boadu explained that the extension is necessary since it will provide another opportunity for persons who encountered some challenges at exhibition centres in the last registration hence could not register.
“In our checks and rounds, we realised that, especially in the Efutu constituency, there were people who were still in the queues, who could not reregister. There were people who had filled their names to be registered and were waiting to take their pictures. But the Electoral Commission said that because of visibility, they couldn’t take their pictures,” he argued.
Mr. Boadu said he was thankful that the EC has allowed such persons to register to vote in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on December 7.
His comments follow the petition filed by the MP for the Efutu constituency in the Central Region Alex Afenyo Markin, inviting the Electoral Commission to extend the exercise by 10 days.
The NPP in the Ashanti Region had also called on the Electoral Commission to extend the exercise.