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The chairperson of the Ghana Electoral Commission :Mrs. Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei

EC poised to carry out limited voter registration

The Electoral Commission says it is ready to carry out the 10 day limited Voter Registration exercise scheduled to start from the 28th of this month to the eighth of May.

According to the EC, it has the required logistics and resources to successfully manage the exercise in all designated centres across the country.

The Ashanti Regional Director of the EC, Serebour Quaicoe announced this at a Capacity Building for Media Practitioners in Kumasi, under a programme dubbed; Enhancing Inclusiveness in Ghana’s Electoral Process.

Mr. Quaicoe took the participants through the Constitutional Instrument, CI 91 that has replaced the CI 72.

He stressed the need for the media to be abreast of the rules and regulations governing the conduct of elections in Ghana.

Mr. Quaicoe said the media can call elections in the process of voting but cannot declare results, as declaration of results is a sole responsibility of the EC, a body mandated to discharge that duty.

He said until the proposed November 7 for the conduct of this year’s elections by the EC is approved by Parliament, the date of the elections remain December 7.

The Regional Director said registration of voters as contained in the CI 91 shall be continuous for those who will attain the voting age of 18 and limited registration will still be conducted occasionally to capture people who by some reasons could not take advantage of the limited registration and the continuous registration to get their names on the voter register.

To avoid interference in limited registration and voting processes, only accredited EC officials will be permitted to access such designated centres.

The media practitioners asked the EC to ensure that media personnel detailed to cover the elections are offered the opportunity to be part of the special Voters.

The EC should bear the full cost of accreditation cards prepared for Journalists to cover the elections.

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