Low turnout for voters register exhibition is normal – EC

The Director of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the Upper West Region, Osman Ali,  says the low turnout in the ongoing exhibition of the 2020 provisional voters register in the region is normal though not the best.

“Usually, people are eager to register for the voters’ card in their numbers, but when you ask them to come and check to ensure their names are in the register, they do not usually come in their numbers again”, he said.

According to him, the role of the EC was to inform the public about the exercise in the mass media to enable them to check their details, while the publics’ was to come out to check their names, adding that failure to do so could not be the EC’s fault.

On the omission of names from the register, the Director said the issue had duly been reported to the Commission’s head office in Accra to get them resolved.

Meanwhile, GNA visited eight of the exhibition centers in Wa Central Constituency and observed that exhibition officials at the polling stations were virtually on holiday as there were no persons around to check their details.

The officials, however, told the GNA that turnout for the exhibition was generally low, especially at the Catholic JHS 1 & 2 exhibition centers.

According to them, they doubt getting even half of the registered voters to check their names by the end of the exercise.

The exhibition of the 2020 provisional voters register started on September 18, 2020, and is expected to end on September 25, 2020.

The exercise is to among other things allow voters to verify details of their registration to make sure that their names, photographs, and other particulars are adequately captured in the register.