Former President John Dramani Mahama has added his voice to calls for the upcoming voters’ registration exercise to be held in electoral areas rather than at the District level as announced by the Electoral Commission (EC).
During a Facebook live address, Mr Mahama who is the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) urged the EC to reconsider its decision.
He noted decentralizing the registration exercise will rule out disenfranchisement.
“Acquiring a voter ID affirms one’s right to vote, and access to a voter ID should be easy and not limited by location. Every Ghanaian deserves the chance to exercise their democratic right.
“I strongly urge the Electoral Commission to facilitate the registration exercise in all electoral areas to allow for easy access and a reduced burden on the citizenry in their quest to register,” he said.
He added, “This will curb many inconveniences, including transportation, and lack of money to move from distant locations.”
The EC will begin a limited voter registration exercise on September 12, 2023, to afford eligible citizens the opportunity to get a Voters ID card for the 2024 General elections.
The exercise will end on October 2, 2023.
The Commission says the exercise will be held at its 268 District Offices.