On Thursday 1 October, the offices of the Electoral Commission ( EC) in Tamale and other parts of the country were crowded with scores of eligible voters who were unable to register for their voter ID card during the registration exercise in order to allow them to do so in the one-day exercise carried out nationally by the electoral governing body.
Christopher Amoako, TV3 Northern Area correspondent, confirmed that some of the applicants “are returnees who were unable to participate in the previous exercise due to border closures.”
“In a statement released on Thursday, 24 September, the EC claimed that the change was to” give opportunity to those who have reached the age of eighteen (18) and to people who, for one reason or another, have not been able to register for the registration exercise just completed.
The registration falls in the wake of a complaint brought against the EC by the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the exercise on Wednesday, September 30.
“The major opposition group demanded” a declaration that the Electoral Commission behaved ultra vires in its effort to reopen and/or perform voter registration on Thursday, 1 October 2020, when the Electoral Commission did not publish in the Gazzette, twenty-one (21) days ‘ notice to the political parties and the general public of the registration of these voters.
“A resolution that the EC can not continue to reopen and/or execute the exercise on the registration of voters scheduled for Thursday, 1 October 2020, without first publishing in the Gazette, twenty-one (21) days ‘ notice to the political parties and the general public of the registration of such voters.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana