According to Chairperson Jean Mensa, the Electoral Commission has no intention at all to deny voters their right to vote during the existing limited voter registration process.
Accordingly, she stated to the media that the issues discovered in the first few days of the 21-day exercise “swiftly resolved” by the elections leadership organization.
On Monday, September 18, 2023, Mrs. Mensa stated, “We want to reassure the citizens that we have their best interests at heart. We do not aim to disenfranchise qualified voters.
She continued, “It is in our best interest to register them all.
She stated that in order to ensure that eligible voters who might not have been able to register in the current exercise do so, the EC will conduct a mop-up activity at a later date.
“We plan to institute continuous registration in all our district offices nationwide in 2024 for a considerable length of time”, she announced.
“In addition to that, we will identify difficult to access areas and undertake a mop up registration exercise in those areas”, she said.
Former President John Mahama encouraged the Electoral Commission to open the process a few weeks earlier so that all eligible first-time voters and voters who have misplaced their ID cards will have the chance to participate.
The activity is taking place in all 268 of the EC’s district offices around the nation.
The restriction of the exercise to just the districts is not supported by about seven opposition parties, including the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Convention People’s Party (CPP), People’s National Congress (PNC), All Progressives Congress (APC), National Democratic Party (NDP), and the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).
On Monday, August 21, 2023, General Secretary of the GCPP Frederick Ato Dadzie stated at a news conference in Accra that the action will disenfranchise some potential voters.