The Electoral Commission (EC) has indicated that about 16 million Ghanaians would be registered onto the new voter’s register.
The new voters’ registration exercise which will spam over a period of 40 days will start from the end of June this year to somewhere in July.
Speaking in a recent interview on Peace FM as monitored by TheBBCghana.Com, the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Corporate Services, Dr Bossman Asare stated that the commission has developed a robust system which is capable of capturing the biometric details of at least 600,000 to 800,000 prospective voters in a day onto their offline system.
This comes after widespread concerns from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some civil society organizations such as the Coalition of Election of Observers (CODEO) that some Ghanaians could be disenfranchised should the commission go ahead to compile a new voter register without using existing voters ID card as a proof of Ghanaian citizenship.
Reacting to this concern, Dr Bossman Asare stated;
“Once you are 18 years and above, you qualify to be registered. There are a lot of people who own the Ghana card and passport who can guarantee for you; and once you have access to the new card, you could also guarantee for another person.”