The vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has visited students on the campus of the University of Ghana to monitor the limited registration exercise.
The exercise, which marks the second phase of the registration window by the Electoral Commission (EC), kicked off Wednesday May 4.
Dr Bawumia in the past weeks visited various trainee colleges and universities across the country addressing students on what he calls restoring hope in the youth.
The former Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, while addressing a group of journalists at the Legon Hall registration centre, called on the EC to set up more registration centres on campus since most of the students were likely to be disenfranchised
He argued that the number of registration centres on campus was inadequate due to the population of students. The small number of registration centres, he said, made the process very slow, a situation that had caused frustration among some students who want to register for the first time.
“It is frustrating and unbelievable to see what is happening here. A potential student registrable population in Legon, considering about 16,000 intake was done this year. Even if we say we have about 8,000 eligible, the first five days have registered about just 400 people at only one registration centre at Legon. Students are staying in a long queue and do not even get to the front. Students have exams in a few days. They [EC] should know this and plan appropriately and this is practical disenfranchisement of the students. They need to add a few more centres and anywhere else where this kind of ‘go-slow’ is occurring,” he advised.
Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the EC, Kwame Amoah, explained that: “Legon campus is part of an electoral area and every electoral area was assigned to a centre but the students between 18 and 21 years seems to be high, which has resulted in pressure at the area.”
He, however, indicated that the EC would put in measures to ensure that all eligible students are registered.