Western Region Registers 1.4m Voters

The Electoral Commission (EC) recorded 1,424,727 voters in the Western Region at the end of the nationwide biometric registration. It also recorded 1,124 people whose eligibility was challenged in the 25 registration districts in the region. Stephen Opoku Mensah, Western Regional Director of the EC, disclosed these to the GNA in Sekondi on Monday. He said upon assessment of the registration, the EC had decided to undertake a two-day mop-up exercise in some districts where registration equipment broke down during the registration. Some of the districts where mop-up exercise will take place include Ellembelle, Nzema East, Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Aowin Suaman, Prestea Huni Valley and Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai. Mr. Mensah said the EC had achieved its projected figure of 1.4 million for the region. Figures for the various districts in the region at the end of the final phase of the exercise include Jomoro- 79,344, Ellembelle- 57,304, Nzema East- 43,496, Ahanta West- 63, 590, Takoradi Sub-metro- 55,103 and Effia Kwesimintsim- 89,136. The others are Sekondi- 35,303, Essikadu-Ketan- 56,239, Shama- 49,400, Wassa East- 43,072, Mpohor- 23,374, Tarkwa-Nsuaem 99,085, Prestea Huni Valley100,467,Wassa Amenfi East- 66,844,Wassa Amenfi Central- 52,490, Wassa Amenfi West- 59,594, Aowin- 70,480,Suaman- 19,945, Bibiani-Anhwianso-Bekwai- 72,086, Sefwi-Wiawso- 72,879, Sefwi-Akontombra- 38,202, Juaboso- 49,351, Bodi- 35,519, Bia West- 64,538 and Bia East- 27,886. Commenting on the delayed payment of allowances of registration officers, Mr Mensah said the EC had not received the cheque for such payment yet. He advised the officers to exercise restraint since the EC would definitely pay all the outstanding arrears. The nationwide biometric registration started from March 24 and ended on May 5, this year.