Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia joined other citizens in the North-East Region at the Kperiga District Assembly Primary School polling station in Walewale today (Friday 3 July 2020) to register for the new voter’s identification card.
He was accompanied by the North-East Regional Minister and MP for Bunkpurugu, Solomon Namlit Boar, the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, and the MP for Walewale, Sagre Bambangi.
The vice-president interacted with the registration officials at the centre and reviewed the process, including enforcement of safety and social distancing protocols.
Choose your leaders
Dr Bawumia urged the registration officials to continue to adhere to the safety measures to ensure the safety of all who visit voter registration centres.
In brief remarks after registering, Dr Bawumia called on all qualified Ghanaians to avail themselves of the opportunity to sign up during the 38-day exercise. He emphasised that it is the surest way to choose leaders who would meet their development needs.
“The right to vote should not be taken for granted. I urge all qualified persons to visit the appropriate registration centres and get their names into the register,” he said.
“But in doing so, it is very important that we observe all the social distancing and safety protocols, to ensure we all remain healthy and free of COVID-19.”
Successful and safe
Voter registration towards Election 2020 began on Monday (29 June) and will run until 6 August.
Working with the national COVID-19 task force, the Electoral Commission has put a raft of measures in place to ensure the success and safety of the registration exercise.
These include setting up registration centres in open spaces, mandatory wearing of face masks, checking temperatures, mandatory washing of hands before each registration applicant joins a queue, and observing a physical distance of at least one metre in queues at the registration centres.
Other measures are cleaning scanners before they are used to take applicants’ fingerprints, using alcohol wipes, and mandatory sanitising of hands when leaving the registration centres.
The Ghana Health Service has released 7,000 health assistants to each of the centres to ensure strict adherence to the safety protocols set out by the Electoral Commission.