Member of the Council of State, Sam Okudzeto has suggested to the Electoral Commission of Ghana to begin the voter registration exercise in places outside the government’s lockdown directive.
According to the former President of the Ghana Bar Association, irrespective of the coronavirus pandemic, the EC can start the voter registration exercise in batches so that it will serve as a precautionary measure to prevent overcrowding hence contain the spread of the virus.
Speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, the renowned legal practitioner justified that Ghana’s case of the coronavirus pandemic is not that severe hence the EC can proceed to start the registration exercise in places outside the partial lockdown directive.
“Our cases of the Coronavirus is not as dramatic as it is in many countries which means that we only have few pockets in the two big municipalities and few of the smaller ones. So since the lockdown is not the whole of Ghana, the EC should start the registration in areas where there is no lockdown,” the current Council of State member noted.
The Electoral Commission suspended its planned compilation of a new voters’ register over the ban on public gatherings imposed on Ghanaians as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease that has bedevilled the country.
The exercise was initially scheduled for April 18, 2020, but no new date has been announced following the suspension. The EC has said it wants to ensure that the voters’ register that will be used for the 2020 election is more credible and efficient than the existing one hence the need for a new Biometric Voter Management System (BVMS).
But Sam Okudzeto is of the view that the exercise can commence since the pandemic in Ghana is not that rampant.