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General News of Monday, 27 November 2000

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NPP insists on use of photo IDs

The Times in another story reports the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as saying that the use of photo identity cards (ID) will ensure that fictitious names in the voters register are eliminated.

"We know that the compiled register contains more names than it should, which may be due to the inability of the EC to remove the names sometimes called 'ghost names," Mr Haruna Esseku, Deputy National Campaign Manager stated, adding that the insistence on the use of photo ID cards by all the political parties except the NDC would make it impossible for the really dead and the 'ghosts' to vote.

Mr Esseku advised those still without one to avail themselves for it, since the exercise is ongoing until November 30.

He argued that although the Constitution by Article 42 allowed every citizen of 18 years and above to vote, it had also entrusted the registration of voters to the EC.