Politics of Monday, 21 May 2012

Source: GNA

Western Region records 1,424,727 voters in biometric registration

The Electoral Commission (EC), recorded 1,424,727 voters in the Western Region at the end of the nationwide biometric registration.

It also recorded 1,124 people whose eligibility was challenged in the 25 registration districts in the region.

Mr. Stephen Opoku Mensah, Western Regional Director of the EC, disclosed these to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sekondi on Monday.

He said upon assessment of the registration, the EC had decided to undertake a two-day mop-up exercise in some districts where registration equipment broke down during the registration.

Some of the districts where mop-up exercise would take place included Ellembelle, Nzema East,Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Aowin Suaman, Prestea Huni Valley and Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai.

Mr. Mensah said the EC had achieved its projected figure of 1.4 million for the region.

Figures for the various districts in the region at the end of the final phase of the exercise include Jomoro 79,344, Ellembelle 57,304, Nzema East 43,496, Ahanta West 63,590,Takoradi Sub-metro 55,103 and Effia Kwesimintsim 89,136, Sekondi 35,303, Essikadu-Ketan 56,239,Shama 49,400, Wassa East 43,072, Mpohor 23,374,Tarkwa-Nsuaem 99,085, Prestea Huni Valley100,467,Wassa Amenfi East 66,844,Wassa Amenfi Central 52,490, Wassa Amenfi West 59,594, Aowin 70,480,Suaman 19,945, Bibiani-Anhwianso-Bekwai 72,086, Sefwi-Wiawso 72,879, Sefwi-Akontombra 38,202, Juaboso 49,351, Bodi 35,519, Bia West 64,538 and Bia East 27,886.

Commenting on the delayed payment of allowances of registration officers, Mr. Mensah said the EC had not received the cheque for such payment yet.

He advised the officers to exercise restraint since the EC would definitely pay all the outstanding arrears.

The nationwide biometric registration started from March 24 to May 05, this year.**