The Electoral Commission (EC) will, effective today, begin the special voters registration exercise for qualified senior high school (SHS) students who are currently in their various schools across the country.
The two-day exercise will be carried out in about 700 SHSs in the 16 regions, with officials of the EC visiting the SHSs on both days to register students who are 18 years and above for them to exercise their franchise, on December 7, 2020.
The Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr Serebour Quarcoo, who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic said after the initial scheduled two days, there would be a follow up to get all qualified students registered, if need be.
“We are using two days, that is, Friday and Saturday, to do the registration. But if after the two days some students are unable to do the registration, we will go back and get them registered,” he said.
He explained that because some of the SHSs were already hosting registration centres, EC officials would not go to those centres to register students.
“Some SHSs are also very close to registration centres and in cases like that we expect that the students will go there and register,” he added.
Dr Quarcoo added that the EC communicated the arrangements to the political parties at an emergency Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting convened yesterday.
He said although some parties had reservations about how transparent the registration of students in their schools would be, the EC assured them that the process would be done fairly.
He said in addition to the Ghana Card, the Ghanaian passport or two guarantors requirement for voters registration, all students would be required to prove that they were students of the schools in which they sought to be registered.
“For any student to be considered to go through the registration process, he or she must provide a valid student identity card, in addition to the other documents that are required for registration,” he said.