May 20, 2024

Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Ahiagbah has urged the Electoral Commission of Ghana to address challenges confronting the limited voter registration exercise to ensure peace in the country.

He observed that challenges recorded in the various centers are signs of disruption that can negatively affect the process therefore, the EC should take a firm and decisive stance to deal with these tendencies to avert any violence in the country.

Sharing his experience in a press release, Richard Ahiagbah said he has been accused of double registration in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise.

Refuting the claim, he explained that “I have registered and voted in Ketu South since 2000, and my citizenship and sonship of Ketu South are well-known to the NDC agent who challenged my eligibility today.

“In 2020, I received a voter’s ID for the 2020 general elections from the Electoral Commission. However, during the 2023 limited voter registration exercise, my biometrics failed to register, and I’ve since discovered that many others have had the same issue. I tried to rectify this administrative error during the 2023 limited voter registration exercise, but the EC officials advised me to seek inclusion later or get a new voter’s ID card during the 2024 limited voter registration window.” the release said.

“Today, I went to the registration center where I registered in 2020 to fix the EC’s administrative error, but I was met with a frivolous and obstructive challenge to my eligibility. Despite my attempts to advise the NDC challenger to stop obstructing the registration process, both the NDC agents and EC officials paid no attention.” part of the release read.

“This challenge is a sign of more disruptive acts to come. Therefore, I urge the EC to take a firm and decisive stance to deal with these tendencies and ensure peace.” He advised.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Asutifi South, Collins Dauda has been arrested for involvement in a recent disturbance during the Limited Voter Registration Exercise in Kukuom, Ahafo Region.

The Ghana Police Service also announced the interdiction of three Police personnel over their failure to perform their duty professionally in the ongoing Limited Voter registration Exercise.

 

 

Below is the full release

I have seen some videos on social media by NDC operatives to misinform Ghanaians. The claim that I tried to double register is false and without merit.

Here is what happened:

1. I have registered and voted in Ketu South since 2000, and my citizenship and sonship of Ketu South are well-known to the NDC agent who challenged my eligibility today.

2. In 2020, I received a voter’s ID for the 2020 general elections from the Electoral Commission. However, during the 2023 limited voter registration exercise, my biometrics failed to register, and I’ve since discovered that many others have had the same issue.

3. I tried to rectify this administrative error during the 2023 limited voter registration exercise, but the EC officials advised me to seek inclusion later or get a new voter’s ID card during the 2024 limited voter registration window.

4. Today, I went to the registration center where I registered in 2020 to fix the EC’s administrative error, but I was met with a frivolous and obstructive challenge to my eligibility.

5. Despite my attempts to advise the NDC challenger to stop obstructing the registration process, both the NDC agents and EC officials paid no attention.

6. This challenge is a sign of more disruptive acts to come. Therefore, I urge the EC to take a firm and decisive stance to deal with these tendencies and ensure peace.

7. I am committed to going through all the necessary processes to get my name on the register, exercise my democratic right to vote, and support the New Patriotic Party on December 7th.

Thank you.

Richard Ahiagbah

Director of Communications, New Patriotic Party.

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com

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