- The compilation of the new voters register is underway across the country
- Some 20 persons who went to register at the Korle Bu registration center are feared to have exhibited symptoms of the virus
- Meanwhile, the EC has outlined some strict COVID-19 protocols everyone must follow once at the registration center
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The Electoral Commission’s compilation of the new voters register began on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, with loads of incidents from across the country.
But one of such incidents was at the Ablekum South District in the Greater Accra Region, where over 20 people who trooped to the Korle Bu Police Station to register showed symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the health officer, Rabiatu Braimah, who was stationed at the registration center, the suspected individuals had very high temperatures, had a cold, or were coughing.
Narrating the happenings at the registration to Citi FM, Rabiatu said every person who showed up at the registration center had their temperatures checked. She noted that the health officers at the various centers are looking out for temperatures above 37.5 degrees.
She further added that some of the temperatures of the 20 suspected cases were as high as 39.6 degrees.
“Not just the temperature, these are people who are giving us symptoms of cough, cold and some are trying to be smart about it, but once you persist, they tell you they have had a cough for about a week,” she explained.
She also added that sometimes when the temperature of some of the people are retaken, it goes back to normal.
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For persons whose temperature do not drop, they call for “reinforcements” she said, without specifying if they are tested for the virus.
Even though the EC assured the public that it will insist and ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols, reports from across the country on day one of the registration exercise show otherwise.
Some reports also indicated that it has been a struggle to adhere to social distancing.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has said it must be the collective responsibility of Ghanaians to ensure that the country has a register fit for purpose for the conduct of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to President Akufo-Addo, it is important for every Ghanaian to ensure that only persons who qualify have their names in the new register.
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