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There’s an attempt by the EC to suppress votes-Elvis Afriyie Ankrah alleges

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Former Sports Minister, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has raised concerns about what he alleges as an attempt by the Electoral Commission to suppress votes in the upcoming 2024 general elections.

Elvis Ankrah’s claims stem from the EC’s insistence on using only 266 districts for the limited voter registration exercise.

In an interview with Nimatu Yakubu he said”we have a situation where there has not been any limited registration since 2020, creating a three -year backlog.
What analysis did the EC perform to determine this projected numbers for the limited registration.

He went on to highlight the historical context of voter registration projections, nothing that in the past ,the EC has projected numbers ranging from 500,000 to 700,000 for limited registrations.

However, these projections often fell short of the actual figures with as many as 1.3 million people being registered in some instances.

Ankrah expressed his concerns regarding the apparent mismatch between the projected numbers and the resources allocated for registration process.

“If in a year we register 1.3 million people,it means that even with a conservative projection of 1million people per year,we are looking at 3 million people.

In the past 6,000 electoral area polling centers were used for the registration .Now ,with a larger number of potential registrants ,the EC’s decision to use on only 266 district offices does not make sense”,He argued.

The former sports minister asserted that ,this approach could be seen as an attempt to suppress votes, particularly among the younger population.

“Those aged 18,19,20 and 21 are being compelled to travel long distances to register.

For example,Bole and Bamboi are approximately 80 kilometers apart .How people will be able to afford GHC 60 or GHC 80 required for travel to the district office for registration?. Moreover those who do not possess a passport or Ghana card will need to provide two guarantors, incurring additional cost “, Elvis explained.

He warned of potential consequences if these challenges are not addressed,stating “if they come and are unable to register,they may be forced to sleep at the registration center.

The EC must be compelled by all stakeholders to do the right thing because what is going to happen is that there will be alot of chaos and confusion at the 266 registration centers ,and many people will lack the means , desire or motivation to register.This could significantly impact the 2024 general elections”,he said.

 

 

 

There’s an attempt by the EC to suppress votes-Elvis Afriyie Ankra alleges

Former Sports Minister, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has raised concerns about what he alleges as an attempt by the Electoral Commission to suppress votes in the upcoming 2024 general elections.

Elvis Ankrah’s claims stem from the EC’s insistence on using only 266 districts for the limited voter registration exercise.

In an interview with Nimatu Yakubu he said”we have a situation where there has not been any limited registration since 2020, creating a three -year backlog.
What analysis did the EC perform to determine this projected numbers for the limited registration.

He went on to highlight the historical context of voter registration projections, nothing that in the past ,the EC has projected numbers ranging from 500,000 to 700,000 for limited registrations.

However, these projections often fell short of the actual figures with as many as 1.3 million people being registered in some instances.

Ankrah expressed his concerns regarding the apparent mismatch between the projected numbers and the resources allocated for registration process.

“If in a year we register 1.3 million people,it means that even with a conservative projection of 1million people per year,we are looking at 3 million people.

In the past 6,000 electoral area polling centers were used for the registration .Now ,with a larger number of potential registrants ,the EC’s decision to use on only 266 district offices does not make sense”,He argued.

The former sports minister asserted that ,this approach could be seen as an attempt to suppress votes, particularly among the younger population.

“Those aged 18,19,20 and 21 are being compelled to travel long distances to register.

For example,Bole and Bamboi are approximately 80 kilometers apart .How people will be able to afford GHC 60 or GHC 80 required for travel to the district office for registration?. Moreover those who do not possess a passport or Ghana card will need to provide two guarantors, incurring additional cost “, Elvis explained.

He warned of potential consequences if these challenges are not addressed,stating “if they come and are unable to register,they may be forced to sleep at the registration center.

The EC must be compelled by all stakeholders to do the right thing because what is going to happen is that there will be alot of chaos and confusion at the 266 registration centers ,and many people will lack the means , desire or motivation to register.This could significantly impact the 2024 general elections”,he said.

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