The Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour Quaicoe, has affirmed that there is no link between population census and the compilation of a new voters’ register.
He explained that the compilation of a new electoral roll was not dependent on a census being first conducted.
Dr Serebuor noted that under the laws, it was when the EC intended to make demarcations that the issue of population census would come into play, but not in the case of a registration exercise.
“There is no relation between census and the voters’ registration, however, it is when we are doing demarcations that the law explains that we will have to finish census, but for registration, we only register people who are available, so, whether the census states they are thousand, it doesn’t matter how many people are going to register.
“So we are only interested in those who will be there to register, not what their projections from the census is, because we register those who make themselves available, when you finish then you will now do the comparison and it doesn’t follow that once a census states it is thousand, and we registered thousand.
The people who will come and make themselves available will be registered, then after we have finished with the compilation of the register, we can do the comparison in terms of the population figures, the age distributions and the others,” Dr Quaicoe indicated. -3news.com