Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has asked Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa to learn and listen to wise counsel from personalities demanding urgent action in relation to persons who are not aware of the absence of their names on the voters’ register.
To him, he gets more worry over the action of the commission to delete over 16,000 persons from the register and furthermore, refuse to do the needful prompting the said persons to know their fate before the Election Day.
The situation he says can cause chaos at polling centres on December 7, 2020.
“There are so many problems with the election. First of all, this 30,000 names they’ve taken out from the register and about 15,000 of the 30,000 people don’t even know their names have been taken off the register. The names are not also published and all that. I think this can create a huge problem on election day. And I’ll advice the electoral commission to listen to wise counsel and to publish those names. Publishing the names will help solve one problem on the election day. I’m not happy at all about the reluctant of the electoral commission to publish the said deleted names” he said on Good Evening Ghana Wednesday morning monitored by thepublisheronline.com
The Electoral Commission in October indicated that it has deleted some 30,000 names from the voters’ register.
The affected persons are said to have engaged in multiple registrations or were challenged and not cleared by the various district review committees.
16,000 of the deleted names were found to have registered multiple times hence will not be allowed to vote in the upcoming elections while the other 14,000 were put on exception list by the EC.
The Public Relations Officer of the EC, Sylvia Annor, in explaining what the different lists meant said;
“The names of about 30,000 registered voters have been deleted or expunged from the provisional voters’ register because they are either on the exceptions lists or the multiple lists. The multiple list is made up of names of all those who engaged in double registration during the voter’s registration exercise.”
“The exceptions list is made up of registered voters who were found guilty by the district registration review committees at the various district levels. They were challenged probably because they were under 18 years, non Ghanaians, or gave wrong locations. During registration, we went offline, so we did not detect immediately,” she added.