The Director of Electoral Services at Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Samuel Tetteh, has said the EC achieved its target in the just-ended limited voters’ registration exercise and so there will be no need to extend the period for the exercise.
There have been calls by a section of the Ghanaian public that the EC should extend the period for the registration.
One personality who has called for the extension is the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, who advised the EC to extend the registration exercise on the country’s university campuses.
He said the move was necessary following several complaints by some students of tertiary institutions, notably the University of Ghana, of their inability to get registered.
But, according to Samuel Tetteh, there will be no need for the extension because their target has been met.
He said the figure of 1,105,686 obtained represents 92 per cent from three regions, and that meets their target, hence no need for extension.
“Their calls may be very genuine but we have to look at it from this angle. Let us look at how many people that we actually targeted and how many who have registered. Secondly, we also have to look at it in the sense that we have a very tight timetable which we have to do exhibition. We also have to work on the registers… We are running a very tight timetable which if we are not careful we may be behind time,” Mr Tetteh stated.
Before the registration exercise, the EC said it was targeting about 1.2 million new voters on the register.
The Director of Electoral Services expatiated that: “If you look at analyses by the Statistical Service, we were trying to achieve a target of 1.2 million, that is the registrable population. Fortunately at the end of the exercise, the figures that we had from the three regions indicate that we have 1, 105,686, which represents about 92% so our targets have really been achieved.”