The Upper East Regional chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party, Lawyer Anthony Namoo, has asserted that the Electoral Commission (EC) estimation of registering 1,350,000 voters at the end of the limited voter registration exercise is a guesswork.
According to him, all indications have shown that the EC is likely not to meet its target following the daily registration being recorded in the Region and across the country.
“With the EC figure they have put out for this region, it is expected that the Upper East Region will register about 78,000 new voters, but you can see that we are not near close to it, so you can see that it is guesswork, and we can blame them for that”, he stated.
The regional chairman indicated that there is the need for the EC to work with the Ghana Statistical Service, the National Communication Authority, and other institutions to make their work easier in terms of envisaging the numbers.
“EC has come of age, and there is the need for them to employ more people, and with the help of the Ghana Card and other institutions, the EC, for instance, should know that in Zanlerigu this is the number of people who have attained 18 years since the system is in place and not just send the machines to a place where the people there may just be 20 while the majority are elsewhere”, he stressed.
He underscored the need for the EC to devise strategies going forward to reduce the burden on registrants and political parties as stakeholders.
“The EC should try, as we move on, to get some online centers looking at the geographical location of the district so that registration is made easier for registrants.”
The lawyer also advised minors who were attempting to register to desist from such an act, explaining that it could have future consequences for job acquisition.
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