The Electoral Commission (DC) will use 33,357 registration centers for the upcoming voter registration which will be done in a cluster or phases to be numbered from one to five.
Each constituency will however have five clusters and will also take 38 days to be completed
According to a Deputy Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Bossman Asare, this is the same method employed in 2012.
“We met today at the meeting of the Special Budget Committee in Parliament; we had a fruitful meeting and discussions with the members. What transpired was that we were asked several questions and one of them had to do with the number of registration centers we are using in this election, specifically registration.
We mentioned to the members that we are using 33,357 registration centers. We also said that the registration will be in a cluster system; in each constituency we are going to have five clusters so five registration centers will form a cluster and the clusters are numbered…number 1, number 2, number 3, number 4, number 5.
When we begin the registration, the first phase of the registration will be for all those who are classified as one of the clusters. At each phase we are going to register about 6700 registration centers”, he explained.
He said the commission used the same method in 2012, adding, “This is a mass registration. The kits we are using which we told the Ghanaian people, we are using almost 8000 to 8500 kits.
“We can’t be at the registration center at the same time. So, what we will do is that in each district or constituency, the registration centers are clustered nationwide; at the same time, we are going to work in all the 275 constituencies. Some selected registration centers will be captured at each phase; when we do that by 38 days, we would have finished with all the registration centers and by then we will also have done three days of mop up in all the registration centers”, he added.
Whether many eligible voters will be disenfranchised by this exercise, Dr. Bossman Asare said no one will be disenfranchised unless the person is not ready to vote.
“There is no way anyone is going to be disenfranchised because the point is that at six days, we are going to be at your registration center; when we finish, we go to the next registration center, then when we finish there will be a mop up. The mop up will be simultaneous so assuming someone should be 18 on July 1st and another person will also turn 18 on July 15, the one will turn 18 on July 1st we will be able to capture that person when we get to the registration center.
Additionally, he said “We have 6274 electoral areas nationwide. During the mop up we are going to function in all the electoral areas simultaneously.”