Chairman for the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan on Thursday shockingly admitted in court that the EC faced enormous challenges during the compilation of the 2012 provisional voter register leading to the disenfranchisement of some members of the electorate.
Out of the error they made, Dr. Afari Gyan stated that the Electoral Commission disenfranchised some people though minute in number.
He explained that during the period of compiling the provisional voter register, they noticed that some areas showed zero registration; meaning that no one registered there. He also added that some areas showed low voter turnout as against what the EC anticipated.
“There was a case someone used a wrong code in Kumasi and some of the people were thrown to Agona Nsaba”. “Try as we did, we didn’t get all the people”, he confessed.
In order not to disenfranchise the people through the errors on the part of the EC, Dr. Afari Gyan told the court that his staff went ahead to register the people for the second time in about the four hundred polling stations that were affected by the error.
“We went back and did what we call special registration or special inclusion”, he said.
Through the special registration process, Dr. Afari Gyan maintained that they managed to retrieve about eleven thousand voter names unto their data base.
He however made it clear that though the EC was able to recapture that significant number of misplaced voters, they certainly knew that they couldn’t “capture everybody who took part in the original registration” exercise.
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