EC captured 16.9 million people onto new voters register – Jean Mensa

The Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, has announced Wednesday August 12 that the EC registered a total of 16,963,306 persons onto the new register.

She however said an exercise is ongoing to remove duplicated names from the register.

“The process of deduplication and adjudication, which are currently going will flag multiple registrations in the system,” she said.

“Additionally, the challenge system put in place during the registration and exhibition exercise will further flag unqualified voters on the register,” Jean Mensa noted further.

Meanwhile some Ghanaians stranded abroad due to COVID-19 restrictions may not be able to vote during the 2020 elections if the measures to halt the spread of the disease remains.

Mrs Jean Mensa said that it the EC has been unable to travel to register workers in the Ghanaian missions as well as students on scholarships out there as a result.

She indicated that the working timetable for the commission may not allow for them to partake in the December exercise if they are unable to get onto the roll anytime soon.

“It is a challenge for all of us that we are grappling with. We have Ghanaians beyond the borders who are unable to come in. The Commission would have liked to register all eligible Ghanaians but it is a challenge that we are grappling with.

“We ourselves find that we are not able to travel because there are restrictions on travel not only in Ghana but around the world”, she said.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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