The compilation of the New Voter’s card registration is proceeding at all the various registration centres in the Ablekuma Electoral Area as scheduled by the Electoral Commission.
When the Ghana News Agency team visited the Abibiman Registration Centre at Ablekuma, FanMilk the process was proceeding smoothly, with prospective registrants gathered at the entrance of the Centre.
Majority of them were wearing their face masks but were not observing the social distancing protocol measures. The team further noted that the social distancing was been observed when they entered to register.
Mr Samuel Oko, the Registration Officer for Special Duty, told GNA that the Commission has provided handwashing facilities and sanitizers at the entrance of the Centre for registrants to wash their hands, while their temperature was checked.
He said measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of registrants and electoral officers unlike.
He said the materials came on time and this enabled the officers to start the process at exactly 0700 hours without encountering any challenges.
He said the process is slow but it was gradually picking up. “No face mask, No entry,” he added.
As at 1100 hrs, when GNA got to the Center, 30 people had successfully gone through the process and have been registered and obtained their new cards.
Mr Victor Ahianu, a registered card holder, expressed joy after obtaining his card, which makes him eligible to vote in the upcoming General elections on December, 2020.
Mr Kwaku Agyapong, who had also successfully gone through the process, said he got to the Center at the early as 0400 hours, to queue and had gone through the required process without encountering any challenges or difficulties.
Mr Bernard Owusu Ansah, the Assembly Member for the Ablekumah Electoral Area, urged the gathering to be patient, since this was the Phase one of the exercise and so registrants must stay in their communities to avoid crowding at the registration centers.
He called on them to corporate with the registration officers for a successful registration.
He said it would be advisable for them to go and register at the Electoral Commission’s district office to avoid any unexpected circumstances.
At Vicolis Shool, Olebu 1 and 2 Registration Center also in the Ablekuma Electoral Area, safe protocols were in place but the social distancing were not been observed by the registrants.
Mr Alfred Abban, Registration Officer for Special Duty for the Registration Center, told the GNA that the machines and materials arrived on time and the process started exactly at 0700 hrs.
He said initially there was problem with the setup but Technical officials came around to rectify it.
When GNA was leaving the Center, only 12 people have been able to register with others also in the process of being registered.
So far the process has been peaceful in all the centres visited by the Ghana News Agency team at the Ablekuma Electoral Area in the Ga Central Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.