The Electoral Commission (EC) is set to begin the Limited Voter Registration exercise at its district offices across the country today in spite of a pending interlocutory injunction filed at the Supreme Court by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and four other minority parties.

The 21-day exercise is scheduled to end on October 2. It will start from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, including weekends.

Target

The EC has targeted to register at least 1,350,000 persons in the 2023 Voters Registration exercise based on its projection that such a number might have attained 18 years since the last registration exercise in 2020.

A Deputy Commissioner of the EC in charge of Corporate Services, Dr. Bossman Eric Asare, told the Daily Graphic that since the exercise had not taken place over the last three years for persons who have turned 18 years and above, “we expect the numbers to be huge in the opening few days and hopefully after a week it will normalize.”

He said the commission expected to register an average of 300 people daily in all its district offices, urging Ghanaians to take advantage of the program to exercise their civic responsibility.

“Don’t forget, this is not the first time we are doing this; it happened in 2016, 2019, 2020, and even in 1996.

We have taken into account the concerns of the disability group and those who will travel long distances for them to be taken care of first,” Dr Asare said.

Dr. Asare stressed that the main documents for the registration are the Ghana Card or the Ghanaian Passport.

He said in the absence of these, two individuals, who have already registered, could vouch for such persons as guarantors.

He gave an assurance that the EC would monitor and take post-registration action in order not to disenfranchise any eligible Ghanaian.

Registration will be done online using the District Management System (DMS), as well as offline by way of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kit.

Copies of daily reports of the registration exercise from the beginning to the end will be given to political party representatives at the various registration centers, while each political party will be allowed to present one representative to observe the exercise.

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