Minority calls for EC to publish number of daily registered voters

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The Electoral Commission has been urged by the Minority in Parliament to publicize the number of people who get registered in the limited voter registration exercise.

Speaking on the development, the Minority Leader of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu said the move will enable credibility and transparency in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise across the country.

According to the Tamale South MP, the Constitutional Instrument 91 (CI 91) on Public Elections Regulation 2016 stipulated that the EC should provide details of the outcome of the voter registration exercise to all political parties as well as the public in the country.

He made the appeal on Thursday when he visited the Tamale Metropolitan Office of the EC to assess the ongoing limited voter registration exercise in the area.

According to him, a credible and reliable voter register was essential to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.

Mr Iddrisu, following the recent challenges and other issues arising from the registration of voters online and offline at some registration centres in the country, urged the EC to factor in recommendations made in Parliament by the Minority on the need for the EC to upgrade its National Data Centre.

He said the EC’s National Data Centre was facing challenges and could not accommodate further data if not upgraded.

The MP said the Minority at the Special Budget Committee level of Parliament, had made adequate recommendations on the need to improve on the EC’s National Data Centre since 2017 but added that its recommendations had not been considered.

According to him, said the Bimbilla Municipal had five voter registration centres as against the Tamale South and Tamale Central.

He, therefore, appealed to the EC to open more registration centres in the Tamale South and Tamale Central Constituencies to reduce the pressure on the existing centres.

Meanwhile, the limited voter registration exercise at the Tamale Metropolitan Office of the EC office was going on smoothly.

Kofi Atinka

Kofi Atinka