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The Electoral Commission’s controversial limited voters’ registration officially comes to a close today, barring any date extensions.
Yesterday, the eve of the climax, saw long queues at various registration centers that clearly gave the indication that many would not be captured by 5:00 pm when the process would come to an end.
As the prospect of many people in the queue not making it before closing time stuck out, it appears that the EC’s only choice will be to extend the exercise, which started on June 17.
At many centers, the main complaint has been that the registration process has been hiccupped with intermittent loss of internet signal or degradation of signal strength to the point where the registration, have had to be stopped.
The EC had made arrangements for its officials to register people offline in such circumstances, but the offline process is said to be too slow.
As at noon today, there were at least 600 prospective registrants in queue at the Ablekuma registration center of the EC. Already, it is estimated that because the EC had decided to hold the registrations in its district offices, many prospective registrants have been turned off by the daunting idea of having to travel from far just to register.
The EC put up the current system against advice from the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) that using its district offices, rather than the traditional electoral areas, for the registration process, would lead to many people losing interest in the process.
A recalcitrant EC snubbed the advice and went on to successfully defend its decision against a law suit at the Supreme Court.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana