The Electoral Commission of Ghana has issued a press release dated 4th June, 2020 in which the commission indicated the number of people they were able to register during their two days pilot exercise to test register Ghanaians ahead of the mass compilation of a new voter’s register.
According to the commission, “the essence of the exercise was to evaluate the preparedness of the Commission for the upcoming Voter Registration Exercise. Amongst the metrics that were tested was the efficiency of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits and its adaptability to various operating conditions in various parts of the country. The Commission also took the opportunity to evaluate the various mitigation measures it has put in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease during the registration period.
Political Party representatives were present at each of the centres to observe the exercise.”
In the press release, the electoral commission explained that, the Exercise went on smoothly at all the designated centres, except in the Western region where the BVR Kit developed a fault on the second day and that led to the suspension of the Exercise in the Western region but afforded the Commission the opportunity to test it’s inbuilt processes of dealing with equipment breakdowns during the registration process and that the lessons learnt from this investigation will further improve the Commission’s response to such occurrences.
Below is the breakdown of the number of people the electoral commission was able to register during the pilot demonstration exercise in all the sixteen (16) regions of the country.
At the end of the two (2) day exercise, a total of 1,990 applicants were registered, with 745 applicants registered on Day one (1) and 1,245 on Day two (2).
The table below shows the breakdown of registered applicants by region.
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