The General Election Commission (EC) has provided guidance on the security protocols it wants to adhere to when the registration process to create a new voter list begins.

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The process of creating a new role is being delayed because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Among other things, it is mandatory to wear a face mask at the registration center, the temperature of the person is checked before someone enters the registration center, and there will be running water to wash hands.

Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner Chair, Jean Mensa

The queue must be one meter apart between people waiting to register, the scanner is disinfected, and those who complete the registration process are given hand sanitizer before leaving the center.

The European Commission has not set a date for the creation of new voter lists.

Previously, he assured that the necessary precautions had been taken to ensure security in carrying out his mandate.


“However, the Commission is sensitive to the current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will adhere to the necessary protection and security protocols when fulfilling its mandate if the Commission considers it necessary to begin the process of establishing a register,” the EC statement said. 

The European Commission is under attack for throwing an old voter management system for the sake of newer ones that can recognize faces, among others.

The new biometric voter management system (BVMS) has made it necessary to create a new voter list in order to better handle verification issues that might arise during the election.



Minority Resistance

Minority Leader, Haruna Idrisu

The parliamentary minority leader, Haruna Idrisu, said his country would oppose any EC efforts to register citizens for new registration in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The context is, think about not only your employees, but also the health, safety, and lives of people who are queuing up to register,” Idrisu said in an interview he granted a media house in Accra.

The minority also questioned the priorities of the government and the European Commission regarding the new coronavirus pandemic over the issuance of the Personal Protection Commission (PPE).


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