Voters’ registration exercise begins nationwide with little regard for social distancing at some centers

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has commenced with the mass voters’ registration exercise at centres across the country.

The exercise by the EC was given the green light by the Supreme Court after series of legal suits by the opposition National Democratic Congress and an individual threatened its commencement.

The exercise is being held at about 6,788 clusters made up of five registration centres each and would be conducted in phases, spanning six days.

A visit by ABC News to some polling centres in the Greater Accra and Central regions revealed that while others were observing the safety protocols, some centres failed to adhere to the safety and social distancing protocols outlined by the EC boss, Jean Mensa.

At the University of Ghana and the Divine Grace School in Kasoa, residents were gathered in groups with zero social distancing.

At Klagon TMA JHS, Veronica buckets and hand sanitizers were provided at the centre but social distancing was hardly observed because of the high turnout recorded.

However, ABC News’ visit to the Mary Mother of Good Counsel centre at Airport Residential area, Christian Book Centre 1 at East Legon, Kwabenya Cluster of Schools, Airport Police Primary A and B and Parasafari Mess in the 37 Barracks showed all protocols including social distancing were being observed to the letter.

At all centres visited, there were no reports of machines breaking down or other similar challenges.

Bad weather forced EC officials at Superservice polling station at Asylum down to move from the registration centre to a house nearby.

Residents lamented the registration process was slow.

Meanwhile, despite assurances by the Electoral Commission that about 7,000 health assistants have been released by the Ghana Health Service to help ensure that the necessary COVID-19 safety protocols are adhered to at the various centres, at the time of ABC News reporters’ visit to some centres no health official had been deployed by the Electoral Commission.

SourceABC News

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