Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Electoral Commission launches Revision of Voters Register

The Electoral Commission on Monday launched the revision of the voter's registration for the December 2008 elections with a float through the principal streets of Accra.

The main objective of this exercise was to offer Ghanaians who have turned 18 years an opportunity to register to vote in the 2008 general elections and also give chance to other eligible Ghanaians who could not register in the previous registration exercise to enable them to register to vote.

The float, which took off at exactly 1100 hours amidst Brass band music started from the EC headquarters through Adabraka, New Town, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, business streets of Accra and finally ended at the Press Centre around 1400 hours.

Mr. Christian Owusu Parry, the Acting Director for Public Affairs at the Electoral Commission said the float was also being organised in the regional capitals to create awareness and encourage active participation.

He advised against double registration, stressing, "anybody who is found registering again has breached the law and will face a jail term." He called on registered voters who have their voters ID card missing to report to the various district offices of the EC across the country to get a replacement and added that already registered individuals who have changed residence not to register but rather report to the Commission get their names transferred to enable them to cast their votes.

Mr Owusu said the Commission had extended the days from 10 to 11 days to give students and workers the opportunity to use the weekends to register.

The registration exercise, expected to take place at specific centres in each electoral areas will begin from Thursday July, 31 to Sunday August 10, 2008. Qualified citizens can apply for registration in person from 0700 hours (7:00 am) up to 1800 hours (6:00pm) each day including weekends.

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