The Electoral Commission (EC) has urged members of the public to keep their voter ID cards safe to avoid losing them ahead of the November polls.
The Ashanti Regional deputy director of the EC, Lawrence Sarpong, who expressed worry at the high rate at which people were losing their cards, defended the commission's decision to start charging five cedis to replace each lost card.
Mr Sarpong told Kumasi-based Ultimate FM that the number of people who had lost their cards was so huge that failing to charge them for replacements would impose huge costs on the state.
"Since the limited registration that we started, we are replacing lost ID, cards are still continuing that activity, if you have lost your ID cards, you go to any Commercial Bank (GCB) and pay a replacement fee of GHC5 into a special account opened for that purpose, because replacing lost cards is a lot of money. The way people are losing their cards, if it doesn’t attract fee, it will be a burden on the country and the Commission," he said.