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‘You don’t need ID to vote; just fingers are OK’

Electoral Commission Chair Charlotte Osei has said a lost voter ID card does not disenfranchise anybody from voting because “all you need in Ghana to vote is your finger”.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra Tuesday April 26, Mrs Osei said voters, who want their missing voter ID cards replaced must pay a fee of GHS5.

“There is a GHS5 fee because the paper, the laminate, they all cost money and it doesn’t disenfranchise you if you don’t have your voter ID card, because you can vote without your card,” she told journalists.

“So, once you have your fingers and you show up, we will scan you on the register, your details will pop up, you will be verified, and then you will vote.

“However, if you feel that you need the card because it helps you remember… we are assuming you know your identity, it does help you remember your polling station and all that, that is where the card comes in and it makes queue management easier on election day. But you will have to pay the fee of GHS5 because we also have to buy those resources to enable you get a replacement.”

The EC will commence its limited registration exercise from 28 April – 8 May to register persons who have turned 18 years and older and others who have never registered. The EC is expecting to register about 1.2 million new voters ahead of the November 7 polls to elect a new president and fresh parliament.

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