Over 8 million register to vote – Electoral Commission

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced that over eight million persons had been registered by the end of the second phase of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR), as against 6.5 million persons anticipated.  There would therefore be no need to extend the period of BVR.

The Chairman of the EC, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, said this at a forum to deliberate on Election 2012: Ensuring Peace and Credibility, the role of Religious Bodies, Electoral Commission, Politicians, Security Services and the Media, in Accra on Sunday.

The forum themed, “Be of One Mind, Live in Peace“, was organised by the Presbyterian Church, Faith Congregation, Madina Estates, as part of their social- responsibility to contribute to peace in society.

Dr Afari Gyan made this statement in response to appeals by a section of the public for more time to allow all to get registered. He said during registration periods, the numbers declined with time.  He attributed it to the rush characteristic of the early days of registration.

“We are sure there is still enough time for Ghanaians to register,” he confirmed.

The EC Chairman admitted that there had been some challenges with the BVR process.  He said the biometric data collection equipment were sensitive to weather conditions like extreme heat, water and dust.  He also said trained technicians were available to tackle most of the mechanical failures.

Source : DailyGuide

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