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Politics of Thursday, 21 May 2020


Current voters’ register full of Togolese – Wontumi on the need for a new one

“Togolese can’t elect President for Ghanaians” are the exact words of the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bernard Anwti Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi who is rooting for a new voters’ register.

According to the Regional Chairman, “the current register was bloated with names of foreigners mostly from Togo” adding that “majority of NDC members are from Togo."

Chairman Wontumi as he is affectionately called, claimed on his network monitored by that “we can’t allow foreigners from Togo and other countries to determine who has to be the President in Ghana”.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) insists that only a new voters’ register can ensure Ghana has a credible 2020 election.

The EC since last year has justified why they need to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections.

The EC has said it wants to ensure that the register that is used on the election day is more credible and efficient than the existing one hence the need for a new Biometric Voter Management System (BVMS).

Meanwhile, the is putting in place measures that will ensure the safety of electorates during the 2020 elections.

The EC has announced some safety protocols it will abide by and expect Ghanaians to also abide by during the registration exercise for the compilation of a new register.

Below are the 6 key measures the EC says it will put in place during the compilation of a new electoral roll and also during the December 2020 polls.

Mandatory wearing of face masks at the registration centres;

People’s temperature will be checked before one is allowed into the registration centre;

Running water available for handwashing;

Queues are to have one-metre gaps between persons lining up to register;

The scanners will be sanitised;

Persons who complete the registration process will also be provided with hand sanitiser before they leave the centre.