EC vows to address overcrowding at registration centers

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will take steps to address the overcrowding witnessed at some registration centers.

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The EC on Tuesday started with the voter registration exercise for the 2020 general elections.

While a lot of Ghanaians have successfully registered, concerns have been raised over non-compliance with social distancing protocols.

Photos and videos on social media showed many registrants overcrowded in queues waiting for their turns.

Reacting to this, the EC said it is aware of the overcrowding at some centers and promised to address the challenge.

“All in all reports reaching the Commission depict a positive turnout at all the registration centres. The Commission is aware that some centers recorded high numbers leading to some overcrowding,” the Commission said in a statement.

“We are taking steps to work with the security agencies to address possible overcrowding at our registration centers."

The Commission also clarified that a guarantor can guarantee for ten people without being disenfranchised.

“C.I. 126 expressly states that guarantors can guarantee for up to ten (10) people. They will not be disenfranchised. This is not true.”

“However, any individual who guarantees for more than ten (10) persons will be picked up by our system and prosecuted,” the EC added.

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