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THE ON-GOING exhibition of the voter’s register by the Electoral Commission (EC) meant to clean-up the register of minors and people who have died has been rejected by Ghanaians with just one day for the exercise to come to a close.

The exercise, which has entered day six, is yet to witness high patronage at the various centres across the country, the DAILY HERITAGE can report.

The reason given by some persons who spoke to the paper in an interview was that though they are aware, they are not interested in verifying their details lending credence to the low turnout.

The exhibition, which started on October 24, is meant to end on October 30. Checks by the paper show that there are no indications that the exercise will record one-fourth of the over 11 million voters who participated in the 2012 general election.

Some of the people who spoke to the paper expressed absolute ignorance about the exercise while others claimed that they were aware but are busy and pre-occupied by the basic and financial needs of life.

“We are aware of the exercise, but, we cannot sacrifice our business and time to check our details.”

A visit by the paper to the various centers across the country revealed poor turnout as officials were found sitting on empty tables cooling off.

At Ga Manye Palace near Agege Last Stop at Dansoman, out of 1,578 registered voters only 114 voters had checked their names as at the time the reporter visited the centres.

The EC official at the centre, Frank Acheampong, said attendance is woeful compared to voting, attributing the low turnout to low publicity.

Mr. Acheampong stated that most of the people are not aware of the exercise and have resorted to educating those that come to check their names to inform their friends, families and colleagues to patronize the exhibition.

At New Age registration centre which is also part of Dansoman, as at the time of filing the report, 33 voters throughout the five days out of 715 registered voters had showed up. The situation was no different at the various centres visited in parts of the country.
Source: Daily Heritage

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