The Electoral Commission of Ghana has assured Ghanaians of its readiness ahead of Tuesday’s special voting exercise.
The EC, during its press briefing dubbed “Let the Citizen Know” in Accra on Monday, dismissed claims that it had planned to disenfranchise some Ghanaians on election day.
According to the Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Jean Mensa, the 7,890 whose names have been deleted consists of persons who have flouted various voter registration rules including underage registration.
She also claimed that non-Ghanaians were part of the deleted persons.
“The total number of unique individuals who conducted the multiple registrations is however 7,890. We have 7,890 persons who conducted multiple registrations amounting to 15,860. Again there has been the perception that the EC is deliberately removing persons from the register and replacing them on the exceptions list, this is false. Underage registration, registration by foreigners, and registration by persons who are not ordinarily residents in the area or community they wished to register”.
Further speaking, Madam Jean Mensa said that a total of 19,557 electorates from security and media agencies across the country are expected to cast their vote on Tuesday as part of the special voting exercise.
“The Electoral Commission reached out to the security agencies and media houses to inform them about the special voting facility. The letter requested them to send details of their members who wish to take part in the voting exercise to the commission. We are pleased to note that the special voting list has been compiled and has been published on the commission’s website”.
She cautioned the general public to disregard claims of preventing some security officers from voting during the special voting exercise.
“It is also important to mention that the commission received a number of applications well after the deadline. While some were considered, others came a little too late when the database had gone through the data-freeze. It is important to note that and to encourage the public to disregard the information going on social media that the commission has prevented security agencies from registering, that is not true” she stated.
Madam Jean Mensa explained that the names of some journalists whose names were not captured in the special voting exercise, was due to miscommunication between the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the Commission
“Unfortunately we had an issue with our media partners. I am sure some of you are aware of this as there were some discrepancies between the lists submitted by the Ghana journalists association. The softcopy of the list submitted to us were different from the hardcopy. We were under the impression that they contained the same person. It was only after the data freeze and the publishing of the special voters list that it was revealed that the hardcopy had more persons on there than the softcopy”.
Story by: Evelyn Sara Cobbinah | universnewsroom.com