The Electoral Commission has given an assurance that all the 30,702 polling centres across the country would be opened for registered voters to check their details as the exercise commences today.
The eight-day exercise, which is meant to clean the register ahead of the upcoming referendum on the participation of political parties in district level elections, will be an opportunity for the about 17 million registered voters to authenticate their details in the register.
At a press conference in Accra on Monday, the Deputy Chairperson of the EC in charge of Corporate Services, Dr Bossman Eric Asare explained that the exercise will enable the commission to rid the register of unqualified people who got registered between 2012 and this year.
“Basically, the exhibition exercise is to allow for prospective voters to verify if their details, such as names, sex and age, were properly captured during the registration exercise and make requests for amendments or insertions when necessary,” he explained.
He urged all prospective voters to take their voter identification (ID) cards to the centre for easy verification to enhance convenience and timeliness in the exercise.
Dr Asare however added that persons who failed to take their ID cards to the exhibition centres would be assisted to verify their details.
“It is also allowed for one to verify the voter details of a relative, provided they bring along the voter ID of the said relation. It must be noted that no request for correction will be allowed in the absence of the owner of the ID card,” he added.
Responding to a question on the duration of the exhibition exercise, the Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr Serebour Quaicoe, said the time was enough to carry out the exhibition of the register.
In his view, every polling station had an average of 800 voters and that even if 100 were to check in a day, many voters will be able to check before next week Tuesday’s deadline.
“We have at most 800 people in a polling centre and so even if 100 people go to check their names in a day, they would have all gone through the process in eight days,” Dr Asare said.