The compilation of the New Voters Register by the Electoral Commission for the 2020 Elections started yesterday, 30 June.
There had been quite some few hitches from the problems of inadequate registering machines to what was alleged to be wrong card information and the others prompting lots of comments and suggestions from people.
Kwesi Pratt,the managing Editor of the Insight newspaper has added his voice by advising the Electoral Commission to make opportunities for hospitalized patients not to be excluded from the registration exercise.
Madam Jean Mensah in an earlier statement before the commencement of the exercise, had urged all Ghanaians to partake in the exercise. This was what she had to say on Monday at a press conference before the compilation exercise began:
”Dear citizens, your participation in, and monitoring of, the voters’ registration exercise will be critical to maintaining the integrity of the Register. Please participate in the Voters Registration Exercise. Monitor the process at your registration center. Draw the attention of the Commission to any anomalies you might observe in the process. Together, we will arrive at a comprehensive and credible Voters Register.
We will like to assure you that, as a Commission, our rationale for compiling a new register, is not to disenfranchise any eligible voter. On the contrary, it is to ensure that all our citizens who qualify are afforded the opportunity to register and cast their votes. The Commission is of the view that only eligible citizens should be given the right to determine who governs and leads our dear country, and we are determined to ensure that no one is left behind.
We also deem it necessary to assure you that our decisions and actions are taken without fear or favour and without recourse to any individual or group of persons. We have a duty to our citizens to ensure that it is only the will of the people that stands.”
However, the Insight newspaper Managing Director as regular of a media man and a citizen wants to find out the measures that had been put in place for patients admitted in the various hospitals eligible for the registration exercise.
Mr. Pratt revealed that, being sick and invalid or hospitalized, doesn’t curtail your right to vote and as such deserves to be registered ahead of the 2020 Elections.
“What are the processes for those who have been infected with COVID-19 and various diseases, and are in the hospitals? How can they also register their names? Because when you’re sick, your right to vote has not been taken away from you,” Mr Pratt voiced.
He further suggested the EC intensified the publicity to make known the registration exercise to everyone.