There was a high turnout of residents of Mamprobi at the registration centers as the Electoral Commission (EC) commenced compilation of a new voters register on Tuesday.
The high turnout also caused some misunderstanding amongst residents present at the registration centers as queues were long, winding and few seats were available.
Majority of the residents wore in nose masks but the social distancing protocols were ignored by some of them.
Mr Peter Dinko, Registration Officer (RO) from EC at the Mamprobi ‘2’ Girls JHS Center 1 in an interview with Ghana News Agency, said they were ready by 0700hrs which was the scheduled time for commencement of registration and that all the equipment provided them were working.
He said the process was completed within fifteen minutes, however, applicants who did not have the required identity cards had to fill additional forms and it took time as compared to the three minutes needed to complete a form when applicants presented the required cards.
Mr Dinko said they had provide seats, water and soap for hand washing and had ensured social distancing and all the safety measures amongst the applicants but their only challenge so far was the misunderstanding amongst the applicants during the process.
He said the police were also present to enforce law and order and had registered 44 applicants as at 1200hrs.
Mr Ebenezer Nelson Aryeetey, RO 1 of Center 2 of the Mamprobi ‘2’Girls JHS, said there were about one hundred applicants before they had set up at 0800hrs.
He said they were giving special attention to the aged, pregnant women, persons with disabilities and had attended to ninety per cent of those who were present.
He added that residents had misunderstanding especially with regards to the segregation of the above category of people who were given special attention.
Mr Aryeetey said although the assemblyman of the area had visited the center to advise the applicants on the social distancing protocols, the applicants were adamant and had flouted them.
‘‘We had educated and prompted them from time to time on the social distancing protocols but they did not obey, we cannot leave our job of registration entirely to educate them. However, we ensured they observed the protocols as they got closer to our restricted areas and ready for registration ’’, he said.
He said the machines were not adequate and sometimes had network problems which delayed their time and appealed for more machines.
He said as at 1250hrs, 42 applicants had been successfully registered.