New Voter’s Register Has Foreigners and Minors – EC Boss

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The chairperson of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensah has said there are still foreigners and minors on the newly created voter’s register.

She, however, says she was confident mechanisms put in place by the commission will clean the voter’s roll of the illegal persons on it.

One of the commission’s main argument for a new voter’s register was because they claimed the old one contained foreigners.

“The Commission is mindful of the infiltration of foreigners at a number of our registration centres. Additionally, we are aware that a number of minors have found their way into the register.

“We are confident that the challenge processes initiated at all districts throughout the country will unearth these illegal persons and rid the register of those who do not qualify to be thereon. We are confident that the register that will be used for the 2020 elections will be a wholly-owned Ghanaian enterprise reflecting qualified Ghanaians and Ghanaians only,” Mrs. Mensa noted at a press conference Wednesday.

She however praised staff of the EC for a good job done during the registration exercise.

“The efficiency and professionalism of our field staff coupled with the robustness of the registration kits contributed to the high number of registrants witnessed today.

“On average, we recorded 150 registrants per kit per day as compared to previous registrations where we averaged some 80 persons per kit per day. In some places, field staff recorded up to 280 persons per kit per day. This accounts for our ability to exceed our target of 15 million registrants well before the end of the exercise. It is important to note that by day 31 of the exercise we had recorded about 15,178,107 applicants,” she said.

In all 16, 963, 306 Ghanaians have registered to vote in the December polls.

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