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EC corrects date errors, new cards to be issued

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has indicated that it has corrected errors relating to dates on printed voters’ identification cards issued to some citizens in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise.

Some first-time voters were handed ID cards showing a registration date of 27 April, 2016, instead of 28 April, 2016.

But the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) said it suspected a grand scheme to disenfranchise voters in the Eastern and Ashanti regions, the party’s strongholds, accusing the EC of deliberately issuing wrongly dated ID cards.

In a press release on Friday April 29, the EC pointed out that: “The error occurred in only two out of the 3,500 registration centres that are in operation nationwide. It occurred at the Boko R/C Primary (F110101) in the Atwima-Kwanwoma District and the Methodist Park (F130702A) Asuoyeboa-Kwadaso registration centres.”

The EC attributed the problem to “operators’ errors” and further explained that 13 and 18 applicants in the respective registration centres had been affected.

To resolve the problem, the EC has assured the affected people “that the errors will be corrected when the data is exported to the database and new cards will be issued to them”.

Below is the detail of the statement:

It has come to the notice of the Commission that, at the start of the limited voter registration yesterday, the date 27/04/2016 instead of 28/04/2016, which is the first day of registration, appeared on some of the voter ID cards issued to applicants.

The error occurred in only two out of the 3,500 registration centres that are in operation nationwide. It occurred at the Boko R/C Primary (F110101) in the Atwima-Kwanwoma District and the Methodist Park (F130702A) Asouyeboa- Kwadaso registration centres. The irregularities, which were due to operators’ errors, were detected and quickly rectified. The errors affected 13 and 18 applicants in the respective registration centres.

The Commission wishes to assure the affected people that the errors will be corrected when the data is exported to the database and new cards will be issued to them.

The Commission further wishes to thank the people in the affected areas for their cooperation and understanding, which ensured that the exercise continued smoothly after the detection and rectification of the errors.

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