Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) has said it could use the current voters’ register for the upcoming elections, if it is unable to compile a new one in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Director of General Electoral Services at the EC, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe said on Saturday that, a decision would be taken with advice from health authorities on the way forward for the compilation of the proposed new register, but the old one would require cleaning to validate and make it useful.
“We would not make a decision when they [health professionals] have not advised us to do so. We want everybody to know that it is not that we are insensitive to the plight of the people. Personally, I would not be comfortable if any of my people get infected, so we are taking all the precautions we have to take,” he said on Joy FM’s Newsfile.
According to Dr. Quaicoe, should the EC settle on the current voters’ register for the December 2020 general elections, there would be the need for a limited registration exercise to capture new voters and that would require similar precautions needed for the compilation of a new one.
“…and if we are talking of the validation, it means people will still have to come in and that would mean human contact will still be there,” he said.
He, however, added that the Commission has already acquired PPEs and additional items needed for the protection of staff who would be involved in the compilation of either the new voters’ register or the limited registration exercise, when the EC finally decides.
“We are taking all the precautions we have to take, so if in two months it [coronavirus] fails [to subside], we may need to use the register but if you don’t go for validation it means your name could be deleted.”