Member of Parliament for Salaga in the Northern region of Ghana, Hon. Ibrahim Abubakari Dey, has criticized the Electoral Commission (EC) for its inability to register voters in some three communities in the East Gonja District.

Speaking on Accra based Radio XYZ he noted that about seven thousand eligible voters were left unregistered in Kulti, Kpambu and Kigbatito during the biometric registration exercise in March this year.

He said although some of the residents were later registered during the subsequent mop-up exercise on June 9 and 10, majority could not be covered before the close of the exercise.

?For now, about 10 settlements at Kigbatito alone have not been covered. Chiefs and people of the traditional area find this unacceptable, there is therefore the urgent need for the government, and the EC for that matter, to take the necessary steps to get these people duly registered,? Hon. Dey said.

According to him, all eligible voters in the three communities could not be captured in the first exercise because of faulty machines.

?In the case of Kigbatito, which is beyond Yeji, those who were not captured in the first exercise could not register during the mop-up because the kits arrived late on the second day of the two-day exercise.

Sending the kits there at that time of the day would have been an exercise in futility because of the distance,? he stated.

According to him, the attitude of the EC in not registering these three communities was a little bit disturbing adding that eligible voters were continuously complaining.

?What I want to know is whether the EC will go back to complete the days left because they are supposed to register them?I personally reported the issue to the EC boss Dr. Afari Gyan and he made promise to resolve that problem before December 7 but until when?? he rhetorised.

STORY: ACHINAKE FATAW

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