Avoid Double Registration – NCCE
By: Michael Boateng, Sunyani
The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Michael Amponsah has cautioned Ghanaian voters who intend to engage in double-registration in the upcoming biometric voters registration exercise to have a change of mind, since the system will expose them and they will be liable for prosecution.
He warned potential voters, especially the youth, not to allow any political party to influence them to engage in multiple registration.
Mr. Amponsah gave the caution when the Sunyani West District Directorate of the Commission organized a day’s sensitization forum on the biometric registration exercise for members of Sunyani West Constituency Interparty Dialogue Committee at Odumase.
Other identifiable groups who attended the forum included members of the Advisory Body on Civic Education, Local Council of Churches, security service and Civic Clubs, among others.
The Deputy Regional Director said since Ghanaians have accepted multi-party democracy, there was the need to respect the fundamental human rights and freedom of every Ghanaian, by allowing people to take active part in the democratic processes.
Mr. Amponsah noted that the upcoming registration exercise will involve the compilation of an entirely new voters’ register.
He, therefore, entreated voters and those whose have now attained 18 years to register so as to be eligible to exercise their franchise come December 7,2012.
An official from the Sunyani West District Directorate of the Electoral Commission, Emmanuel Yaw Yeboah said the registration exercise would be simultaneously done in clusters across the country, adding that a team of registration officials would be assigned to a number of registration centers in an electoral area.
The team, according to him, would operate in the registration center for 10 days, before moving to another center within the cluster for another 10 days, until all centers in the electoral area are covered.
He reminded the general public that there will be no extension of the registration period after the 10 days. He asked the political parties to educate their supporters to register, when the exercise begins.
The Sunyani West Director of NCCE, Margret Abrafi Appiah said the main aim of the forum was to educate the participants to enable them educate their fellow members. She entreated women to take advantage of the exercise to register and be eligible to vote.
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