With barely few days to end the limited registration exercise, people still get stranded, joining long queues to be able to register at various registration centres across the country.
Recounting her observations to the media as part of her tour to some constituencies in the Central Region, the Deputy National Women Organizer of the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Maame Efua Sekyi-Aidoo Houdjeto described as worrying, the frustrations and struggles the first time voters encounter at the various registration centres.
She observed that many of the first time voters sleep at the registration centres for days, just because they had travelled from far distance to the district capitals and would not want to go back and return another day.
The NDC Deputy National Women Organizer was in the company of the National Chairman of the party, Hon Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and other Regional and Constituency Executives.
She was alarmed, to also note that many of the young girls have to abandon their homes, to suffer inhumane treatments at registration centres, just to get registered to be able to exercise their fundamental human rights.
She also urged the EC to do away with unnecessary “protocols” at the registration centres, as it delays those who genuinely join the queues waiting to register.
Maame Efua further indicated, that if the Commissioners of the EC had listened to wise counsel from the NDC, people wouldn’t have been going through this mess.
“Our General Secretary, Hon Johnson Asiedu Nketia and our Director of Elections, Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah on several occasions, warned the EC to abort the Centralized registration at District Offices and go back to the old system where registration was done at the various electoral areas but the EC ignored our advice. If they had not taken that difficult and inappropriate stance, we wouldn’t have witnessed this situation”, she stated.
She, however, appealed to the teeming youth, who were battling in long queues to stay calm and get registered in spite of the challenges.
Source: Daniel Kaku