Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to take steps to address network challenges and congestion in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise.
The former president made the request after visiting the EC headquarters to review the registration process.
He expressed worry over congestion at some district offices as well as the delay due to challenges with the machines being used.
“This is day 4 of the exercise, and we have been receiving reports from the various district offices,” he said. “Today, I decided to go around and see for myself. I understand there are five districts here, and there’s a lot of congestion.
“People are coming from all over to register at one point. The second thing I have noticed, and the complaint, is that the network is not strong. And so they are not able to use the instant online registration. And so they are capturing some data offline. The danger is that sometimes there’s a repeat of somebody’s name, not of his/hers.”
He further asked the EC to engage the telcos
to resolve the network challenges to ensure a smooth process of the registration exercise.
“I have spoken to many of the young people who have turned 18 years, and they don’t have Ghana cards,” he said. “It means that if we had insisted on the Ghana Card as the only means of registration, it means all these young people I have seen would not have been able to register.”