2020 Elections: 30,000 names deleted from voters registers

About 30,000 persons have been disqualified from voting in this year’s general elections, the Electoral Commission ha announced.

According to the EC, the affected persons have also been barred from registering as voters for a period of time.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi News, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Electoral Commission, Sylvia Annor explained that the identified persons either engaged in multiple registrations or were challenged and not cleared by the various district review committees.

“The names of about 30,000 registered voters have been deleted or expunged from the provisional voters’ register because they are either on the exceptions lists or the multiple lists. The multiple list is made up of names of all those who engaged in double registration during the voters’ registration exercise.”

She added that “the exceptions list is made up of registered voters who were found guilty by the district registration review committees at the various district levels. They were challenged probably because they were under 18 years, non Ghanaians, or gave wrong locations. During the registration exercise, we went offline, so we did not detect immediately”.

Ms Annor warned that persons whose names had been deleted should not bother going to the polling stations on December 7.

She noted that the EC would provide the list of these persons at all polling stations to stop them from taking part in the December 7 elections.

“The fact that you were able to sail through at the registration centre because the registration officers were not connected to the main system does not mean that you will sail through.

“They cannot register for some time. The lists will be made available at the polling stations. On election day, there will be the main register, multiple lists, and exception lists. It will be better not to go to the centre if your name is expunged,” Sylvia Annor advised.

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