Despite the spike in Covid-19 case count in the country which has infected over 17,000 people and also claimed about 112 lives already, Ghana has justified its decision to embark on a voter’s registration exercise and conduct of the 2020 general elections.
Discussions on the Electoral Commission’s intended decision to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections have dominated national discourse in recent times.
The debate has taken partisan paths with the ruling party backing the decision and the opposition vehemently opposing it.
The biggest opposition party National Democratic Congress, vowed to resist any attempt by the country’s election management body to compile a new voters’ register.
The NDC on many occasions reiterated its stance that there is no need for a new register ahead of the 2020 general elections.
The ruling New Patriotic Party on several occasions have been accused by the opposition NDC for teaming up with the Electoral Commission (EC) to use the compilation of the new voters register to rig the impending 2020 general elections.
But expectedly, the long awaited controversial registration exercise by the Electoral Commission (EC) has commenced today nationwide.
This follows a green light by the Supreme Court to compile a new electoral roll ahead of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to the Commission, the exercise will be held at about 6.788 clusters made up of five registration centres each.
This means a total of 33,367 registration centres will be situated within the country
The exercise is expected to be conducted in phases, each spanning six days.
Meanwhile the Electoral Commission says about 7,000 health assistants have been released by the Ghana Health Service to help ensure that the necessary Covid-19 safety protocols are adhered to at the various clusters.
Long queues formed, were seen this morning at various polling centers across the country as Electoral Commission (EC) officials began registration of eligible voters for the compilation of a new voters’ register for the conduct of the December 7, 2020 general elections.
The exercise, has however been fraught with breaches of the laid down coronavirus protocols as most eligible Ghanaians who queued at the polling centers Tuesday morning to be registered refused to ensure social distancing and wear face masks.
This resulted in chaos at some various polling stations as hundreds of people without face masks queued in close proximity to each other.
Meanwhile, some groups of Healthcare Professionals have called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to reconsider its intended voters’ registration exercise which they believe could lead to mass COVID-19 infections and likely deaths in the country.
The health professionals comprising doctors, nurses, laboratory professionals among otherssuch as Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) insisted that the exercise has the potential of compromising the health of the Ghanaian population hence must be halted.
By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / Ghana / 2020