As of Monday, 20 July 2020, a total of 9,860,164 applicants had been registered by the Electoral Commission, representing 65.7% of the projected registrable figure of 15,000,000 in the ongoing voter registration exercise across the country, the election management body has disclosed.
According to the EC, “the deployment of more kits to the registration centres, the increase in the number of mobile teams and back-ups and immediate replacement of faulty kits, have resulted in the relative increase in the number of persons registered in phase 3.”
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, 22 July 2020, the Chairperson of the commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, also gave details about the number of registrants about whom challenges have been filed against.
“In spite of the fact that the raw number of filed cases rose from 4,144 in phase 2 to 6,007, the percentage decreased from 0.19% to 0.16%, respectively. We encourage the use of the due process to resolve the registration of all perceived or known unqualified persons.”
The EC chair also raised concerns about the “ugly incidents of violence” recorded in some registration centres, which according to the EC, are as a result of “blatant disregard for the lawful challenge system.”
The EC also identified that the alleged busing of applicants from one area to the other to register is the major underlying cause of the violence being experienced at registration centres.
“The political party agents are, therefore, advised to refrain from busing applicants from one electoral area to the other since it is a grave source of conflict,” the EC cautioned.