Veep Urges Ghanaians To Register

Veep Paa KwesiThe Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur yesterday called for increased patronage of the ongoing limited voter registration exercise, saying all who have attained the voting age should be encouraged to register.

He said it was critical for all qualified Ghanaians to register and become eligible to vote, since good citizenship demanded the active involvement of all in electoral events.

“Elections become more credible when there is full participation of the citizenry,” he said.

The Vice President made the call during a tour of some registration centres in Sekondi Takoradi in the Western region yesterday, as part of his two day working visit to the region.

The 10-day Limited Voter Registration Exercise, which is being undertaken by the Electoral Commission (EC), entered its fourth day yesterday, amidst low turnout.

As part of preparations to get the voters, register ready for impending elections, the exercise is to allow those who have turned 18 years since the last registration exercise, and those above 18 but have been unable to register, to do so.

Vice President Amissah, who expressed worry about the low turnout, also urged all stakeholders including local authorities, traditional bodies, civil society group, parents and opinion leaders to encourage those qualified to register.

He commended the EC’s registration officers for their contribution to the progress of the electoral system, and urged them to sustain the efforts towards the success of the registration exercise.

During interactions with residents around the various registration centres, the Vice President urged the residents to spread the information about the exercise.

Some of the registration centres the Vice President visited to observed the process were Old CHC registration centre at Essikado at Sekondi where a total of 61 had been registered as of yesterday morning, while 168 people had registered at the Methodist School registration centre.

At the Ekuasi Park registration centre at 86 people had been registered at the time of the while 79 people had been recorded at the Nkontonpoh AME Zion school centre.

The exercise, which is being held from August 4 to13, is taking place in 6,000 registration centres across the country.
From Edmund Mingle, Takoradi.



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