Electoral Commission Corrects Error In Voters Registration Figures As NDC Cries Foul

Electoral Commission Corrects Error In Voters Registration Figures As NDC Cries Foul

  • The Electoral Commission (EC) has corrected the initial data on persons registered during the voter registration exercise
  • The EC said 143,014 persons were registered but noted that there were mistakes in the figures for the Upper East Region
  • The National Democratic Congress has been disputing the figures put out by the commission, saying the actual figures are lower

The Electoral Commission (EC) has made a correction to the initial data on persons registered during the voter registration exercise.

The commission says 143,014 persons have been registered, but it also noted that there were mistakes in the figures for the Upper East Region.

EC rectifies error in voter registration data as NDC cries foul
Jean Mensa, the EC Chair. Source: Electoral Commission of Ghana
Source: Facebook

It explained that the figure for day three for the Upper East Region was repeated. The commission noted that the errors did not affect its total tabulation of 143,014.

The National Democratic Congress has been disputing the figures put out by the commission, according to Citi News.

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Electoral Commission of Ghana data
Source: Electoral Commission of Ghana
Source: Facebook

For example, while the EC reported a registration of 25,287 voters for Day 2, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the NDC Director of Elections and IT, claimed his party recorded a lower figure of 19,267.

Commission targets 623,000 new voters

The Electoral Commission hopes to register approximately 623,000 first-time voters across the country.

The commission's chairperson, Jean Mensa, said the officers have rented generators to account for power cuts.

She also revealed that her officers have an “offline” mode for voters to be registered manually if the generators fail.

The voters registration process has been marred by network challenges that have slowed it down.

The running mate of the NDC, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, suggested the Electoral Commission extend the days for the limited voters registration exercise.

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Opoku-Agyemang, who toured some registration centres in Accra, posted on Facebook that the EC must account for the lost hours.

EC replies to claim that 7 BVDs are stolen

YEN.com.gh reported that the Electoral Commission said none of its Biometric Verification Devices had been stolen, despite concerns by some observers.

Dr Bossman Asare, instead, revealed that five of the EC's laptops had been stolen, and the police are working to retrieve them.

He assured that the stolen laptops would not threaten the integrity of the general elections.

Proofreading by Edwina N.K Quarcoo, journalist and copy editor at YEN.com.gh.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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