Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC) Dr. Serebour Quaicoe has disclosed that, the Coronavirus pandemic has come to stay and it cannot prevent EC from compiling a new voter’s register towards the December 7 polls. “Well our understanding is that covid-19 has come to stay so the only thing is that, we need to take the necessary protocols”
Dr. Serebour Quaicoe noted that, the restrictions on public gatherings does not affect the activities of the Electoral Commission of Ghana hence, the EC will continue it electoral processes. “Our understanding is that the ban does not cover our activities, so when we get there, we will know how to cross it.” He explained.
The Director of Electoral Service added that, the major delayed by EC’s new voter’s register compilation was as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Since the pandemic is new, they needed to do much consultations and also put strict measures in place to abide by the necessary precautionary measures and protocols before the commencement of new voter’s register compilation exercise.
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“When the Covid-19 came, we needed to do a lot of consultations and I think I have said it earlier on one of the media stations that we have a meeting with the National Covid-19 team headed by Dr. Asare, Dr. Boateng Baah and Dr. Adu Gyamfi so we needed to have a lot of discussion to ensure that we can sail through.”
When asked, “if the people doesn’t feel confident enough to come and register, how concerned will he be, because as a commission, EC would want people to come out, if nobody feels safe and stay home, what will that be for EC’s plans?”
Dr. Serebour responded by saying, he is sure that once the EC does a lot of education and people come to appreciate the protocols they have put in place, there will be no problem. According to him, most shopping malls and banks are operating under the protocols in the midst of the Coronavirus. “What is needed is to do more public education to show that, EC care for the health and life of people.” He added.
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