Voters Registration: EC Not to Blame If Covid-19 Spreads – CODEO Coordinator
The National Coordinator of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), Albert Arhin has said that the Electoral Commission (EC) are not to to blamed should the Coronavirus spread during the time of voters’ registration.
According to him, the EC had observed all protocols to curb the spread of the virus at registration centres but some Ghanaians are refusing to adhere to those protocols.
He told GhanaWeb, “In almost all the places, they didn’t adhere to social distancing. In the Northern Region, for example, they didn’t even wash their hands. I don’t even want to blame the EC specifically for this. It is the general behaviour Ghanaians are exhibiting now. Go to town and see, they are not wearing masks. They don’t care, as if COVID-19 is far away from us. So if we are not careful, a lot of people might go to the centres and get infected.”
He called on the EC to liaison with the police to enforce the protocols.
“Their PRO promised to ask the police to enforce adhering of these protocols, and public education must continue. That COVID is not yet over…they should ensure that there is physical distancing. Physically there should be some distance,” he said.
To Mr Arhin, the EC should be rated 70 out of 100 percent for the good work they did on the first day of the registration.
“The attendance was fine. I hear in some places, they registered even more than 100. Let’s give them about 70 percent for starting. It is not bad, and if they should continue like this, they should be able to achieve a lot,” he concluded.