John Boadu appeals to EC to extend deadline for limited voters' registration

The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, John Boadu, has appealed to the Electoral Commission to possibly consider extending the deadline for the ongoing nationwide limited voters’ registration exercise. On the back of long queues at various registration centres, Mr Boadu said extending the deadline would help avoid disenfranchising prospective first-time voters. The EC on May 19 commenced the limited voters’ registration exercise to register Ghanaians who have turned 18 years since the last registration, as well as those who, have never registered. The exercise is set to end on July 7. Mr Boadu made the appeal while touring some registration centres in the Greater Accra Region on Sunday with the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the party, Baba Seidu. They visited the Awayaso West Wuogon, Ayawaso Central, Ablekuma North, Ablekuma West, Ablekuma South and Ayawaso East constituencies. Mr Boadu interacted with registration officials and representatives of political parties to assess the extent of effectiveness of the registration process. Mr Boadu also interacted with some of the prospective registrants who expressed delight and enthusiasm at the opportunity accorded them to participate in the ongoing registration exercise and accordingly get to be issued with voter ID cards for purposes of elections and related matters. He posited that the NPP has taken registration exercise with all the seriousness that it deserves and has, among other things, deployed officials from the national to polling station levels, to the various registration centers across the country, to monitor the process. Mr Boadu is schedule to tour some registration centres in the Volta Region from July 2. The registration exercise forms part of the commission’s preparations for the conduct of the 2019 District Assembly elections and referendum on the elections of MMDCEs.

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