The outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus in the country has forced the Electoral Commission (EC) to push forward the planned registration exercise for the compilation of a new voters’ register for the December 2020 general elections.
It said in a statement Tuesday that it will go ahead with the controversial registration exercise because plans have reached an advance stage, but pointed out it will not be done on the April 18 originally scheduled.
“The Commission wishes to state that the compilation of the New Voter’s Register has not been cancelled. Plans are far advanced for the successful take-off of the registration process,” it said.
On the back of a four-week ban on public gathering announced by the President Nana Akufo-Addo, the EC said it will “in due course” announce a new date for the registration exercise
It assured the public that the necessary steps are being taken “to guarantee the safety of the citizenry and safeguard them from the virus”.
“In this regard, the Electoral Commission will put in place concrete measures including providing sanitizers at all polling stations and providing a conducive atmosphere at all registration centres so as to protect its stakeholders from the virus among others,” it said.
The EC has accordingly asked the public to prepare for the registration exercise, stating “your vote is your power”.
It is unclear when the registration exercise will start.
The question is, will you queue for a voter’s ID when coronavirus is still a pandemic?
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