[ 2012-04-26 ]
People who could not register due to broken down equipment will get a second chance
EC may extend registration exercise if...
The Electoral Commission has revealed that people
who were not able to register in the ongoing
biometric registration exercise due to broken down
equipment will be given a lifeline to register
after the closure of the exercise.
The EC’s Acting Director of Public Affairs,
Christian Owusu Parry disclosed this in an
interview with Joy FM on Thursday.
“As it is now, we are monitoring the situation
across the country and we are receiving reports.
At the end of the 40 days, if it becomes obvious
that there are still people who could still not
register because of challenges that they faced
with the equipment, then the Commission would have
to consider an extension to the exercise,” Mr
Owusu Parry said.
The EC however said calls for an outright
extension of the ongoing exercise are premature
and that this decision would have to be taken
after a careful analysis of the 40-day exercise.
A group called the Coalition for Development of
Ghanaians had earlier said not extending the
deadline of the biometric registration exercise
would be a disservice to Ghanaians who were not
able to register due to broken down equipment.
The Executive Director of the Group, Agyei Kwame
Williams said that many registration centers could
not function fully due to broken down equipment.
The exercise which commenced on March 24, is
scheduled to end on May 5. Eight million persons
have registered as at the end of the second phase
of the exercise as against a projected 6.5 million
by the EC.
Source - Joy News
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