The Electoral Commission (EC) planned to reopen voter registration at the district offices nationwide to give the opportunity to those who had attained the age of eighteen and could not register and also Ghanaians came home from different countries after the new voter register registration was closed due to the closure of the airport as a result of COVID-19 and other factors.
According to the National Democratic Congress, the EC should have published the just-ended voter register 21 days before a new voter registration was to reopened.
The main opposition party is seeking “a declaration that the Electoral Commission has acted ultra vires in its attempt to reopen and/or conduct registration of voters on Thursday 1st October 2020 when the Electoral Commission has not caused to be published in the Gazzette, twenty-one (21) days’ notice of this voters registration to the political parties and the general public.
“A declaration that the EC cannot proceed to reopen and /or conduct the voters registration exercise slated for Thursday 1st October 2020 without first publishing in the Gazette, twenty-one (21) days’ notice of this voters registration to the political parties and the general public.”
Meanwhile, the EC chair Jean Adukwei Mensa in a press briefing said the missing data have been retrieved and updated onto the electronic data. For example, the 7000+ missing names at Ashaiman in Greater Accra have been retrieved and updated with exception of 165 which was in the process of being added to the inclusion list at the just ended Voter Register Exhibition.