- The Electoral Commission has suspended its upcoming voters registration exercise over the Coronavirus outbreak
- The suspension was announced after an Inter-Party Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
- According to Director of Electoral Services Dr Serebour Quaicoe, the Commission' discussions with health experts indicate the exercise cannot come off on the scheduled date
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The Electoral Commission (EC) has suspended its scheduled compilation of the new voters register because of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
The suspension has come as a result of consultations with some health experts, the EC’s Director of Electoral Services Dr Serebour Quaicoe, announced after an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
The EC had scheduled a voter registration exercise for April 18, 2020, ahead of the general elections in December.
While the opposition had described the new register as unnecessary, the EC insisted that it was going ahead even after the first cases of the dreaded Coronavirus disease were recorded in Ghana.
But speaking after the IPAC meeting Dr Quaicoe indicated that because of the outbreak, the EC is collaborating with health experts to decide on a more favourable date depending on the prevalence of the disease.
“We had planned to do the registration on the [18th of April] but because of the pandemic, we can’t do it on the 18th so we are observing what is happening around Ghana and the global issue,” Citininewsroom.com quoted him to have stated.
Meanwhile, Ghana has closed all of its borders to human traffic effective Sunday, March 22, 2020.
The closure was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo in a public broadcast on Saturday, March 21, 2020
According to Akufo-Addo, the move is to help reduce the importation of Coronavirus into the country.
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