The Electoral Commission (EC) has described as unfortunate, former president John Mahama’s decision to end his tour of some registration centres.
Mr Mahama on his official Facebook post, announced his decision to stop his visits to some voter registration centres in the country’s capital, Accra due to the disregard for Coronavirus safety protocols.
“I have cut short my unannounced visit to some voter registration centres in Accra and Tema this afternoon. This is because of the very low awareness of the #COVID19 protocols including physical distancing and the wearing of masks.
“We have to step up public education on Covid-19 so that people can appreciate the risk,” he wrote.
The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress started his tour in the Volta region where he spoke to chiefs and elders in the region after his rounds.
Reacting to this, the EC Commissioner, Mrs Mensa, noted that her outfit has put in place stringent measures to ensure that registrants observe the safety protocols and that despite the measures put in place, it was incumbent on registrants and all stakeholders to adhere to the protocols.
An NDC polling agent in the Sunyani West Constituency, Felix Boahen is in the grips of Sunyani Municipal Police for illegal possesesion of filled EC’s guarantors form.
The NDC man was spotted when Mr. Kwame Baffoe aka Abronye, the Bono Regional NPP Chairman and his team visited the Dumasua polling station in the Sunyani West Constituency this afternoon. Chairman Abronye and his team upon noticing this illegality picked up Boahen and handed him over to the police.
It is not clear how and where the NDC agent managed to get hundreds of the said form fully filled and thumb printed at the said polling station.
Attached are copies of forms in the possession of the NDC agent…!!
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 2nd July, 2020, paid unannounced visits to five voter registration centres in the Greater Accra Region.
The tour took him to the Kanda Cluster of Schools Registration Centre in Ayawaso East; Abossey Okai Presby Registration Centre in Ablekuma Central; Ebenezer Funeral Parlour (1&2) Registration Centres in Weija-Gbawe; Teshie Aboma Presby Church Registration Centre in Ledzokuku; and the Super Service Registration Centre in Klottey Korle.
Accompanied by the Director of Operations at the Presidency, Lord Commey, and the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, President Akufo-Addo interacted with the registration officials at each of the five centres, who walked him through the processes of registering an eligible voter.
The President was told that, upon entering a registration centre, all persons are required to wear a nose mask, after which their temperatures are taken by nurses stationed at each centre. Indeed, the Ghana Health Service has released some 7,000 community health nurses to the various registration centres.
Eligible persons are then required to wash their hands with soap under running water, before being allowed to join the queue.
At each of the centres, there was a strict adherence to social distancing, with eligible voters maintaining a one (1) metre, after which the voters go through the process to be registered.
President Akufo-Addo was told that the majority of persons who had turned up to be registered were in possession of the Ghana Card and passports. A small number of persons without any of these valid ID cards submitted one completed Identification Guarantee Form, endorsed by two registered voters, to be registered and issued with a voter ID card.
After the completion of the registration process and leaving the centres, the registration officials told the him that hand sanitizers had been provided for the mandatory sanitizing of hands by the eligible voters.
Visibly encouraged by the processes, the President urged the registration officials to continue to adhere to the safety protocols outlined to ensure the safety of all persons who visit the registration centres.
Interacting with some of the persons waiting in queue to be registered, the President urged them to continue to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols, whilst going through the process to be registered.
It will be recalled that during his recent broadcast to the nation, ahead of the commencement of the registration exercise, President Akufo-Addo noted that if an eligible citizen’s name is not on the register, that citizen cannot exercise the right to vote, and cannot, therefore, participate in the determination of the choice of the government of the day.
“It is, thus, vitally important that all eligible voters register, so, on the designated day of 7th December, they can vote to choose the President of the nation, and the Member of Parliament of their area. In effect, our vote, our thumb, is the expression of our individual sovereign power as a citizen, which we should cherish and guard at all times,” he said.