General News of Monday, 3 September 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Voters’ register riddled with serious anomalies

Reports indicate there are huge discrepancies in the compilation of the voters’ register as the ongoing exhibition exercise continually records poor turnout.

In some polling stations, there have been difficulties with the spelling of names and anomalies in ages among others.

The 10-day exercise is expected to afford eligible Ghanaians captured on the roll, the opportunity to verify their names and other details.

However since its beginning on Saturday, turnout has been very discouraging.

In the Ashanti Region, for instance, Luv FM’s Kwabena Ampretwum reported Monday that about 600 persons who registered at some polling stations including himself, could not find their names on the roll.

He said out of 923 people who registered at one polling station for instance, only 293 names appeared leaving over 600 names missing.

Officials directed those who could not find their names to go to the regional EC office to have the anomalies corrected but this he said, caused many of them to exchange words with officials of the Electoral Commission (EC).

There weren’t significant anomalies recorded in the Central Region, reported correspondent Richard Kojo Nyarko but some parts of the Volta Region recorded serious inconsistencies in ages. Similar occurrences have also been reported in the Upper West region.

Officials of the Electoral Commission have meanwhile urged voters to take the exhibition exercise serious to avert disappointment on voting day.