The Electoral Commission says it is looking to registering roughly 700,000 eligible voters in its Limited Registration Exercise.
EC Chairperson Jean Mensa says they are being aided by projections made by the Statistical Service that about 450,000
persons turn 18 years every year.
"This sums up to 1,350,000 eligible voters for the period of 2021, 2022 and 2023. This projection by the Statistical Service has aided our planning and procurement. For the purpose of this registration, we are targeting roughly 700,000
voters. i.e. 52% of the registerable population bearing in mind that not all who have attained the age of 18 years will participate in this exercise," she stated.
The Electoral Commission is confident that with the long term continuous registration in all their district offices, coupled with the limited mop up exercise in difficult to reach areas in 2024, they will have all eligible voters on board, ahead of the 2024 General Election.
Registration of minors
Jean Mensa says while the EC is doing everything in their power to capture every eligible voter, they will do everything in their power to ensure that ineligible voters do not get unto the register.
"We are reliably informed about attempts by some persons to get minors on the register. We encourage citizens who observe these illegal practices to challenge them. We have charged our District Electoral Officers who are serving as
Registration supervisors to challenge the registration of these minors. We expect that with their effective supervision and leadership, there will be no minors or foreigners on our electoral roll."
"We have received reports of the arrest of the youth organizer of one of the political parties in the Shai Osudoku Constituency. It is alleged that he was facilitating the registration of minors. We are also aware of other such attempts to register minors and foreigners by persons who should know better," she added.