Limited voters' registration: Mayor Sowah visits centres in Accra

26.Jun.2019

The Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has paid a working visit to three registration centres in the metropolis where the national limited voters' registration exercise is ongoing.  

The limited voters’ registration exercise took off on Monday June 17, 2019 and is expected to end on Sunday, July 7, 2019. It forms part of the Commission’s preparations towards the conduct of the 2019 district level election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) scheduled for Tuesday December 10, 2019.

The centres visited were the Electoral Commission District Offices in Ablekuma, adjacent the Ablekuma Central Municipality, Okaikwei within the Kaneshie Social Welfare Premises and Ashiedu Keteke located within the City Engineers Building, near James Town Chief’s Palace. 

All registration centres visited recorded network challenges that stalled the process compelling the use of the offline method of registration which according to Electoral Officials slows the pace of registration.  

At the Ashiedu Keteke, the District Electoral Officer, Eric Okyere, identified the mode of verifying qualified applicants as a major challenge. 

He said, the numbers registered was low on the third day of registration and was hopeful the numbers could increase as the day goes by. 

The Mayor expressed concern over the huge number of unregistered prospective voters waiting to be captured onto the system and urged the District Electoral Officers to speed up the process to ensure that no qualified applicant was denied the opportunity.  

The documents required for registration are:

A valid driver’s license, Ghanaian passport, National Identification Card and an old non-biometric Voters ID Card.

Applicants who do not have any of the above documents may go to the registration centres with two registered voters to serve as guarantors.