EC moves to ensure social distancing at registration centres

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has introduced a Queue Management System to help control applicant traffic at registration centers in the ongoing voter registration exercise. This new measure, aimed at mitigating the spread of Covid-19, allows applicants to be given chits that allow them to visit the registration centre at specified times. “We believe that this will help reduce overcrowding and queues at the Registration Centres”, a statement issued Thursday indicated. Though the Commission describes the exercise so far as pleasing, it observed that some registration centres were too crowded that applicants could not conform to the Covid-19 preventive protocols as outlined by the commission. Meanwhile, the Commission has said it will continue to work with the security services to ensure “the adherence to the laid down safety protocols”. It has also ruled out suggestions for them to register people online in order to avoid overcrowding and queues at registration centres. According to the Commission, such an option has no place in law.


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