The National Democratic Congress [NDC] says it has registered nearly two million people across the country to vote in its November 7 primaries to elect parliamentary candidates to represent the party in the 2016 elections.
It said its voters’ register strength now stands at 1, 975, 792 at the end of the nationwide biometric exercise, but noted the figure is provisional.
The party will from Thursday exhibit the said register which will be the main document for the conduct of the primary at which event President John Dramani Mahama will be endorsed as the party’s flag-bearer
The exhibition, which will run concurrently at all the 275 constituencies, will among others seek to clean what the party has described as “undesirable elements” from the register.
“I’m saying this is provisional because by the end of the exhibition, we anticipate that we will undertake some corrections, there will be some inclusions, there will be some exclusions based on what information is available to the party at every constituency, ” the Director of Elections of the party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has said.
Speaking at the end of orientation for party executives and parliamentary aspirants ofthe party in the Central Region, Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo said the party at the end of the exhibition would come out with final voters’ register for primaries.
The final document, he said, would be made available to both the presidential aspirants and the parliamentary aspirants across the country, noting “We are conducting the exercise in open and transparent manner”.
“Once we finish with the exhibition, we will then come out with a composite register which will reflect the electoral areas because our voting centres will be designated at various electoral areas,” he said.
He urged all aspirants to take active part in the exhibition,indicating that the party is desirous in making the registers available to the parliamentary aspirants upon request.
“We are doing all this in the spirit of transparency, openness and fairness so that by the end of this exercise everyone will have confidence in the process that we have embarked upon.”
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo said the Election Directorate of the party would be dispassionate in dealing with all cases that will come before it. He said t appellate body would be set up at the constituency level where people who have complaints can go and have their issues resolved
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana