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EC Outlines Guidelines for Limited Registration & Referendum

Sep 14, 2018
The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), has outlined guidelines for the creation of the new regions. As part of the preparations, a limited Voters Register will take place throughout the country as required by law. Addressing the media today [Friday], EC chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensa said as part of the strategy, the EC will zone the country into two zones. Zone One according to her will have their Limited Registration Exercise conducted online through the Commission’s Voter Management System (VMS). The registration will take place in the 47 District Offices of the Electoral Commission carved for the referendum. The EC boss announced that the registration exercise will take place from Sunday 16th September, 2018, to Tuesday 25th September, 2018 between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm each day including Saturdays and Sundays. Applicants are required to satisfy the criteria for eligibility as set out in C.I 91 Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2016 Regulation 1. According to the EC boss, applicants must be a Ghanaian, should be 18 years and above, should reside in the area where she/he wants to be registered as a voter. The applicant should also be a registered voter and must be the person he/she claims to be and also be qualified by law. Proof of eligibility includes Ghanaian passport, Ghanaian Driver’s Licence, National Identification Card (Ghana Card) and Voters ID Card (Non Biometric). The Commissioner as stated the role of agents and political parties and they include: political party agents may observe the registration process from 7am to 6pm daily and may challenge an applicant if they believe the person is not qualified to be registered and agents are not to interfere in the registration process. An agent can be asked to leave the registration centre if the registration officer feels he/she is obstructing the registration process. The EC has also adopted publicity strategy to ensure effective publicity and public education with regards to the first Limited Voters Registration Exercise. The second phase of the registration exercise will take place at the District Offices of the non-affected areas. This will also be done online through the Commissions VMS at the District Offices of the Commission. The dates and modalities would be announced later, she added.
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