Voter registration: Ghanaians show enthusiasm on day one but COVID-19 safety protocols breached

Voter registration: Ghanaians show enthusiasm on day one but COVID-19 safety protocols breached

- Ghanaians went out in big numbers to register for a voter ID card

- The EC says it is putting measures in place to prevent overcrowding at its registration centres

- The commission started a mass voters registration exercise across the country on 30 June

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The registration exercise is the first step towards the 7 December general election.

YEN.com.gh stepped out to find how the first day of the registration exercise went. The general impression was that Ghanaians showed enthusiasm in the exercise.

Voter registration: Ghanaians show enthusiasm on day one but COVID-19 safety protocols breached

Voter registration: Ghanaians show enthusiasm on day one but COVID-19 safety protocols breached. Source: YEN.com.gh
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At the Ashaley Botwe - School Junction registration centre in Accra, residents queued up for the voter registration exercise.

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When YEN.com.gh interacted with some of the people who had trooped to the registration centre to register, they expressed mixed sentiments.

Some of the people who visited the centres early complained about the slow pace by the EC officials.

Others who had the required documents for registration, the Ghana Cards and passports, did not have many problems going through the process. But for those without any of the two source documents, they had to wait for others to finish with their registration to vouch for them.

It was also evident that the COVID-19 safety protocols were not being fully complied with. For example, people were not observing social distancing and others also failed to wash their hands.

The Electoral Commission noted that they were impressed by the turnout on the first day and described the day as successful.

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The registration exercise will continue for the next 37 days across the country.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that over 20 people who trooped to the Korle Bu Police Station to register showed symptoms of COVID-19.

According to health officer, Rabiatu Braimah, who was stationed at the registration centre, the suspected individuals had very high temperatures, had a cold, or were coughing.

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