Accra, Oct. 24, GNA – The Electoral Commission (EC) on Wednesday said the Exhibition of the Voters Register will start from Thursday, October 25th to Thursday, October 31 at all 47 Districts in the four proposed Regions to be created.
The centres would open from 0700 hours to 1800 hours throughout the period including weekends.
It said over two million registered voters are expected to participate in the exercise.
The Commission said the exercise is in pursuant to public elections regulations 2016 clause 91, 23 2 (a) (b), that mandates the Commission to display the provisional register of voters of each polling station to the public for inspection at the registration centre for the period specified by the Commission in the Gazette Notice.
Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of the EC who announced this at a media interaction said the exhibition, which follows the successful voter’s registration exercise would provide an opportunity for the electorate to safeguard the credibility of the Voters Register.
All polling stations within the carved areas for the Referendum she said would be designated as Exhibition centres for the display of the Provisional Voters Register for public inspection.
Mrs Mensa stated that during the period of the exhibition, both the 2018 provisional voters register and the 2016 voters register would be placed at the exhibition centres for prospective voters to verify their details as captured and make requests for amendments or insertions where necessary.
At the Centres, she noted that the Commission would show exceptions, exclusion and multiple registration list adding that all prospective voters whose details appeared on any of the lists would not have their names and photographs on the main lists.
Mrs Mensa remarked that voters who visit any of the centres were expected to request for the inclusion of omitted names, the removal of names of unqualified voters from the register and the removal of names of deceased voters from the register.
Voters she said could check for the correction of any misspelled names, the correction of any wrong registration centre codes as a result of clerical error and the replacement of poor quality or damaged Voter ID cards
Touching on logistics, she noted that all logistics for the exhibition exercise had been procured and been delivered to the Districts before the start of the Exhibition exercise.
To ensure effective public education and publicity of the exhibition exercise in the carved areas, the Commission has taken the necessary steps including training of district electoral officers involved in this exercise and had engaged with Public Interest and Community Based Organisations, as well as Faith Based Organisations to explain the modalities of the exercise.
EC officers she explained would visit various radio stations in the designated areas to take part in radio interviews and panel discussions to talk about the exercise.
As part of the sensitisation efforts, Mrs Mensah said the various districts had been provided with Commandeered Vehicles that had been mounted with public address systems to undertake publicity.
She said, “Street Announcers have therefore been temporarily employed for all the Districts in the Referendum enclaves to announce and publicise the arrangements for the exercise.
“Different kinds of pictorial educational posters which depict the various elements of the processes of the Exhibition exercise have also been posted at vantage points in all the Communities in the carved out areas.”
Mrs Mensa added that radio jingles with informative and educational messages on the exercise had been produced in English and translated into local dialects including; Ewe, Akan, Dagbani, Nzema and Hausa to help inform people.