The Electoral Commission will start compilation of the new voters register in the last week in June 2020. This new date is as a result of the dreaded corona virus disrupting the earlier plans which was initially set to commence on the 18th of April 2020.
Many have been calling on the EC to forgo the compilation due to the virus, whiles others wondered if the general election will even come off given the current global crises.
However, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and 12 other parties have maintained their stance that the voters register is bloated and hence a new register should be compiled.
The NDC sees the new register as a waste of time and taxpayers money, as they see nothing wrong with the existing one.
With majority of the political parties in favour, the EC has moved to conduct the exercise despite “Mr. Corona” still around.
The Electoral Commission has procured the necessary equipment, including over 8500 Biometric Voters Register Kits (BVRs); EC will register about 16.5 million Ghanaians within 38 days.
Parliament must however, pass the new Constitutional instrument (C.I) laid by the EC to make the Ghana Card and the Ghanaian Passport the legal identification for registering.
Below Is How the EC Will Conduct The Registration:
When Will The Registration Start?
Registration will begin in the last week in June and end in July; 7:00am to 6:00p.m each day.
How Will It Be Done?
It will be done simultaneously in all districts nationwide unlike how the Ghana Card registration was done.
What Do I Need To Be Able To Register?
An applicant must be a Ghanaian citizen, 18 years of age or above, of sound mind, a resident in an electoral area and not prohibited by any law from registering.
When all the above criteria for eligibility are in place, an applicant will present either a Ghana card or a Ghanaian Passport for registration.
But I Don’t Have a Passport nor A Ghana Card, How Do I Register?
Panic not; an applicant who neither has a passport nor a Ghana card will need two(2) guarantors who have already registered to guarantee his/her application. A guarantor can guarantee for up to 10 applicants
When Do I Get My Card After Registering?
Your ID card will be given instantly when you register. No “go and come”; except in cases where there was a challenge.
I Wasn’t Able To Register During The Main Registration, What Do I Do?
There will be three (3) day for a mopping-up exercise which will be done at the end of the main registration. This is meant for eligible voters who could not be captured during the main Registration exercise. (Don’t miss this one too otherwise you won’t vote)
Registration? In This Corona?
E.C said it will put in safety measures at each registration center to ensure the safety of all applicants and registration officials during the exercise
What If Some “Gidigidi” Happens at The Registration Center?
Per EC, letters have been written to the security agencies to assist in the registration by giving protection to the materials as well as the applicants and officials.
The Commission is therefore call on all stakeholders to co-operate to make the compilation of the new voters register a success.