NDC Rejects EC’s Decision to Downsize Polling Stations by 6,300
The minority leader Haruna Idrisu, revealed that the Electoral Commission at a closed door meeting on Tuesday, disclosed to the special budget committee of parliament that, 6300 out of the existing polling stations will not have registration centers.
Voters in the affected areas would have to join the nearest centers to undergo the registration exercise.
According to the minority leader, the National Democratic Congress, sees no legal or technical reason for the justification of a new Voter Register.
He enumerated what he described as “ 2 Worrying Statements” as the rationale behind the decision to reject the EC’s decision.
“She made 2 Significant worrying statements that the people of Ghana must know. To paraphrase her words, they intend to face out the registration exercise in some 6300 registration centers out of the 33,000 registration centers across the country, that troubles my heart because article 42 will not be observed in essence through making available to Ghanaians a legitimate and guaranteed rights they are entitled to under article 42. She does not seem to understand the essence of data synchronization and data harmonization. In her answers to a simple question, she stated that they do not intend to use the data of the National Identification Authority”.
The deputy Electoral Commissioner in charge of Administration, Dr. Bossman Asare in response said the NDC’s claim is not true.
According to him the commission is only rolling out the new voters registration in phases . He further explained that, the registration officials will be moving from a cluster of registration centers to others within a particular period.
He said the 33,367 registration centers have been divided into 5 Clusters.
“We have 33,367 registration centers made of 5 clusters. Each cluster will be in a phase and each phase will be in 20% of the polling stations and each phase will constitute about 6000 registration centers respectively after which a mop up will be done”.