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EC Records 8,000 Multiple Registrations; Ashanti Region Tops


EC Records 8,000 Multiple Registrations; Ashanti Region Tops

The Electoral Commission has detected over 8,000 double registrations in the ongoing Biometric Voters’ Registration Exercise with the highest number emerging from the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

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The fourth phase of the exercise which is expected to end on Saturday, May 5, has seen over 10.5 million people registering within the first three phases.

These figures were released by the Electoral Commission, which has been hailed by some think-tanks who say it proves that the Biometric System would curb double voting in the upcoming elections or reduce it drastically.

In an interview with Citi News, the acting Director of Public Affairs at the Electoral Commission, Christian Owusu Parry broke down the figures, which named the Ashanti region as the highest spot for multiple registration followed by the Brong Ahafo region.

He said: “As at Monday, 30th April, we had detected a total of 8,121 double registrations and these were done by 2,864 individuals which means that some of these individuals may have registered three times, four times and probably more.

“The figures cut across some of the regions, in Western region we had 225 individuals who have done multiple registrations, in the Central region we had 318 individuals who have done double registration, in Greater Accra 335, in the Volta region 326, in the Eastern region we had 254 people.

“In the Ashanti region we had 424 people who had done multiple registrations, in the Brong Ahafo 411 had done multiple registrations, in the Northern region 289, Upper East had 162 and the Upper West region had 120, that brings it to a total of 2,864 individuals who have done double or multiple registrations.”

Mr. Parry, however, indicated that “it is difficult to tell why people would indulge in multiple registrations in large numbers in certain parts of the country, but whichever the case may be, double registration is an offense and the necessary action would be taken to address this issue.”

Source: Citifmonline.com



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