Communications Officer for the opposition National Democratic Congress Sammy Gyamfi says he fears the Electoral Commission would not be able to complete the voter registration exercise which began Tuesday within the stipulated time given by the EC.
The exercise is expected to end on the 16th of July, 2020 but Mr. Gyamfi says he fears the process will take longer than that because of what he described as a “snail pace process.”
“At the various registration centers that I personally toured today in the Volta region, the pace is extremely slow and that is a major concern for us as a political party.
“I have checked with other colleagues who monitored the process in other regions and the indication is that the process was also slow in those areas as well,” he told Roland Walker on Top Story.
He indicated that the EC promised a maximum registration time of not more than 10 minutes per person during his or her registration but that has not been the case at least from his monitoring today.
On the contrary, “it is taking registrants averagely 15 to 20 minutes to register for their cards.
“In some areas the process didn’t start early due to the malfunctioning of the equipment the EC is using and in other areas, the batteries of the equipment run out very fast and that is not helping,” he said.
Meanwhile, National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party Sammy Awuku is urging stakeholders in the process, especially political parties to support the EC rather than frustrate their efforts because of political gains.
He says the exercise has already begun, therefore, the only option parties have now is to support the process.
“I don’t think anyone should be under a false impression or an illusion that this is going to be a flawless exercise. We are definitely going to have issues where we as political parties and as major stakeholders in this context will have to support the EC to ensure that the safety protocols are observed.
“Because many of these people who are registering are sympathizers and supporters of these parties and will listen more should parties intervene. So the education is not the entire responsibility of the EC,” he said.