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EC to extend registration schedule at centres that faced delays

Applicants at some centres were frustrated by delays caused by activation and network problems in the voter registration exercise

The Electoral Commission (EC) is to extend the period of registration at centres that have been affected by delays.

This, the Commission said, is geared towards making up for time lost and to ensure that every eligible citizen is registered.

The third phase of the registration exercise began on 12 July 2020 but was slowed by activation and network problems in certain areas.

Some potential voters could not take part in the exercise because of the logistical problems. Frustrated by the turn of events, they took to social media to criticise the EC and demand answers.

Make up for lost time

In a statement signed by its acting director of public affairs, Sylvia Annoh, the EC said it will extend the period of registration at all centres which have experienced delays.

Details of the extension will be communicated soon, the Commission said, urging the public to adhere to social distancing protocols at the various centres.

“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.

“Some registration centres in the country experienced technical problems as a result of a bad network and therefore could not start on the stipulated time of 7am spelt out by the Commission for the commencement of the exercise.

“Details of the extension for the affected registration centres will be communicated in due course.”

98% of network problems resolved

The MP for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, was among those who called out the EC over the challenges at registration centres.

The outspoken legislator said it was unacceptable that applicants were made to wait for long hours without being able to register.

However, in a separate statement, the EC said it has resolved roughly 98% of the network problems at the various centres.

The EC offered assurances that all the other matters would resolved by the second day of the exercise to ensure that it could continue successfully.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to applicants at the centres where the registration exercise delayed,” the Commission said.

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