1.2m New Voters Added To Electoral Roll

The Electoral Commission says a total of about 1.2million new voters were registered under the limited voter registration exercise which ended last week.

Out of that number, the registration of 8,500 new voters were challenged.

According to the commission, the 1.2million figure was provisional since it was still checking the actual figure with the Voter Management System (VMS) to delete multiple registrations.

He said the Ashanti Region registered the highest number of 209,810 new voters followed by the Greater Accra, then Eastern and Central regions.

“This year the challenge system was very very low, maybe we are understanding ourselves because some of the challenges are just flimsy. The person will just look at your face and say you are not a Ghanaian, you are under age and the rest. But when they appeared before the committee, we realised that the challenge had no basis,” Dr Quaicoe said.

On the creation of new constituencies, Dr Quaicoe explained that the constitution provides that seven years after the previous demarcation of constituencies, the commission can revise or after the publication of census results.

“There has been a lot of applications for the creation of new constituencies but for now the commission has not taken a decision to either create or not to create,” he said.

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