The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the deletion of 30,000 names from the newly compiled voter register ahead of the general election on December 7 2020.
According to the EC, these individuals have been disqualified from participating in this year’s election and an embargo has been placed on them which restricts them from participating in any electoral process for the time being.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi News, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Electoral Commission, Sylvia Annor said these individuals had their names deleted because they either had their registration challenged or they registered more than once.
“The names of about 30,000 registered voters have been deleted or expunged from the provisional voters’ register because they are either on the exceptions lists or the multiple lists. The multiple list is made up of names of all those who engaged in double registration during the voters’ registration exercise.”
She added that “the exceptions list is made up of registered voters who were found guilty by the district registration review committees at the various district levels. They were challenged probably because they were under 18 years, non Ghanaians, or gave wrong locations. During the registration exercise, we went offline, so we did not detect immediately”.
According to Ms Annor, these individuals should not bother themselves going to join long queues to vote on election day since it will be an exercise in futility.
“The fact that you were able to sail through at the registration centre because the registration officers were not connected to the main system does not mean that you will sail through.
“They cannot register for some time. The lists will be made available at the polling stations. On election day, there will be the main register, multiple lists, and exception lists. It will be better not to go to the centre if your name is expunged,” Sylvia Annor advised.