EC to extend registration period at delayed centres

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has responded to calls for it to extend registration period at some centres, which experienced a delay in the start of the exercise on Sunday, July 12.

The development follows reports of delays of over 5 hours at some registration centres in the country, including North Tongu, where district EC officials said they had to wait for activation codes to be sent to them from Accra.

Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who took to social media to demand some explanations for the delay, described it as unacceptable and called for an extension in the registration period at affected centres.

”More than 4 hours since polling stations opened for registration and yet as many as 8 polling stations have not commenced registration in North Tongu all because District EC officials tell me they are waiting for Activation Codes from Accra. This is unacceptable!
“We deserve explanations from the Jean Mensah-led EC. We also want to know what arrangements would be made to make up for the time lost,” Mr. Ablakwa lamented.
In a response, the EC, in a statement blamed the development on bad network and assured the public that the affected centres will be given an extension for the time lost.

 

”The Electoral Commission wishes to assure the general public that it will make up for the time lost at some Registration Centres where registration delayed on Sunday, 12 July, 2020 due to activation/ network problems,” the statement said.

It noted that some Registration Centres in experienced technical problems as result of bad network and therefore could not start at the stipulated time of 7.00 am spelt out by the Commission.

It added that ”Details of the extension for the affected Registration Centres will be communicated in due course.”

The 3rd Phase of the Registration Exercise began on Sunday, July 12 and will end on July 17, 2020.

The EC said all eligible applicants scheduled to register during the 3rd Phase may make themselves available at their respective Registration Centres to go through the process to be registered as voters.

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