‘Only 180,747 registered voters checked names in proposed Western-North’

 Mr Mensah

Mr Mensah

Only 180,747 representing 35.8 per cent out of a total number of 505,314 registered voters in the proposed Western-North Region, checked their names during the recent voter exhibition exercise conducted by the Electoral Commission (EC).

The voter exhibition exercise became necessary for the electorate in that area to vote a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in a referendum on December 27, 2018 for or against the creation of the proposed Western-North.

Stephen Opoku Mensah, the Western Regional Director of the EC, who said this in an interview at Sekondi in the Western Region, noted that though the EC went round to sensitise registered voters on the need to check and verify their names, turnout was low.

“Publicity will be intensified prior to the December 27 referendum to ensure a higher turnout since 80 per cent of registered voters who cast their ballots in favour of creation of the new region, will be binding for the proposed Western-North.

“The EC recently opened the voter register for an exhibition exercise, to afford the electorate opportunity to vote in a referendum on December 27, 2018 of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ as to the creation of the region in 947 polling stations in all the nine districts of the proposed region.

“Nine constituencies are likely to be created out of the proposed Western North region to be carved out of the Western Region. The EC has identified inclusion as an important benchmark of the exercise whereby prospective voters with valid ID cards whose names have not been captured in the register can fight for their names to be included in the register.

“The exercise afforded voters the opportunity to check their names if they were wrongly spelt or object to names in the register in the case of minors and expunge names of deceased persons from the register,” Mr Mensah stated. -GNA

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