The Electoral Commission(EC) has projected that at least 16 million Ghanaians would be registered onto the new voters register over a period of 40 days starting from the end of June this year, to make them eligible to vote in the general elections in December.
Deputy Chairperson in charge of Corporate Services, Dr Bossman Asare said in an interview with Peace FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com today that the commission would put together a robust system, capable of capturing the biometric details of at least 600,000 to 800,000 prospective voters in a day onto their offline system.
This is contrary to beliefs by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some civil society organizations, including the Coalition of Election of Observers (CODEO) that some Ghanaians could be disenfranchised, should the commission go ahead to compile a new voter roll, excluding the existing voter’s ID card as a proof of Ghanaian citizenship.
Though the commission insists the Ghana Card and passport would be the only primary forms of identification for the new card, Dr Bossman Asare said, “once you are 18 years and above, you qualify to be registered. There are a lot of people who own the Ghana card and passport who can guarantee for you; and once you have access to the new card, you could also guarantee for another person”.
He projected that the system would be able to capture at least 100 registrants at registration centre in a day; he said the registration exercise would be held in such a way that no qualified person is left out.
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