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Distances between communities could hamper limited voter registration in Upper East Region – Reg. EC Boss admits

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The Upper East Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), William Obeng Adarkwah, has indicated that long distances from communities to municipal and district EC offices, poor network, and power outages in some parts of the region posed initial challenges to the start of the limited voter registration exercise.

According to Mr. Adarkwah, some of the communities are far from the district offices where the exercise is currently taking place and would eventually pose a burden to registrants.

He noted that the exercise, which began on Tuesday, September 12, had some challenges due to poor network and power outages, but was hopeful that going forward such challenges will be addressed.

He, however, appealed to the political parties and well-meaning Ghanaians to help in the transportation of registrants to registration centres.

“We will urge opinion leaders, political party persons, and anybody so patriotic to assist in certain areas where they think distances are too challenging for prospective registrants to be helped in terms of transport. We admit that we know our territory and we know some of the challenges that could confront a lot of people who would have loved to register.”

He revealed this when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show regarding the ongoing registration.

As of the close of yesterday, A1 News learned, for instance, that 3 people registered at the Builsa South District while 17 people registered at the Builsa North Municipal.

The EC officials in the areas attributed the low registration to poor turnout, lack of information about the registration in question, long distance and poor network.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana

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