Shama (W/R), April 02, GNA – Registration officers in the Shama District of the Western Region have said illiteracy amongst the coastal communities is making it difficult to get accurate information from prospective voters.

Mr Joseph Dautey, a registration officer at the Abuesi GPRTU registration centre, said due to low literacy rate in the community, some prospective voters could not provide accurate date of birth, residential address, home town address, parent’s names, among other personal details needed for the registration.

He said some people could only remember the day it rained heavily in the town as the day he or she was delivered and it makes it difficult to verify the person’s date of birth.

Mr Dautey said education on the ongoing biometric registration had not gone down well with most applicants in the community and that many still prefer to register at the centre outside his or her place of residence.

He said general turnout had been encouraging and advised eligible applicants to register in their numbers when the centres for registration are opened in the second phase.

He appealed to the Electoral Commission, National Commission for Civic Education, the media and other stakeholders not to rest on their oars but rather intensify education on the exercise.

The first phase of biometric registration would come to an end on Monday, April 02, and registration officials would rest for a day and continue registration from April 04, at other centres within a cluster.

At Abuesi GPRTU centre, 700 applicants had registered at the time of the visit on Sunday April. 01 and at the Aboadze Islamic Registration centre, Madam Francisca Prah said they were able to register about 100 applicants a day and commended the applicants for their understanding and cooperation.

She said the technical hitches encountered on the first day of registration had been rectified and commended the Electoral Commission for the prompt assistance given.


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