Unlike the news circulating on various social media platforms that the Electoral Commission has halted the new voters’ register processes due to ban on public gatherings, the EC has announced that they will still go ahead with plans for the new voters’ register.
The EC has announced in a statement that advance plans are being taken to give adequate protection to the citizenry.
According to the statement, with regard to the Coronavirus pandemic and the current ban on social gatherings, a new date would be given for the exercise.
Read the full statement below;
ELECTORAL COMMISSION GHANA
17th March, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EC WILL GO AHEAD WITH THE COMPILATION OF A NEW VOTERS’ REGISTER
The Electoral Commission has noted with concern, information in sections of the media to the effect that the compilation of the New Voters’ Register has been cancelled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the country.
The Commission wishes to state that the compilation of the New Voter’s Register has not been cancelled. Plans are far advanced for the successful take-off of the registration process.
In view of the ban imposed on public gatherings by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, a new date for the registration will be announced in due course.
The Commission wishes to assure the general public that it is taking the necessary steps to guarantee the safety of the citizenry and safeguard them from the virus.
In this regard, the Electoral Commission will put in place concrete measures including providing sanitizers at all polling stations and providing a conducive atmosphere at all registration centres so as to protect its stakeholders from the virus among others.
The public is entreated to prepare for the upcoming Voters’ Registration exercise. ELECTIONS 2020 – Towards Free, Fair, Transparent, Credible and Peaceful Elections in Ghana. Remember, Your Vote Is Your Power.
MRS.SYLVIA ANNOH Ag. DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS