Voter register: Don’t lose your vote, go and verify your names–Mahama
The 2020 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has urged registered voters to verify their names as the Electoral Commission opens the register for exhibition from Friday.
“Let’s repeat the zeal with which we went out in our numbers to register. The registration process is about documentation and there can be mistakes. It is possible that your name may be missing in the register.
“I’m pleading with all the chiefs to rally their people to go out and check if their names are in the register. This will ensure that if by any accident your name is missing, it can be corrected,” he told a gathering of chiefs and people of Amanting in the Bono East Region.
The former President who is on a campaign tour of the region said for those who fail to verify the existence of their names in the register, “it is possible to have a card but you can’t vote.”
The EC will from September 18 to 25 display the provisional register for the public to validate their details.
Voters are expected to visit their polling stations to ensure that their details have been captured accurately to help them vote on December 7.
It will also help the EC to tie all loose ends and also grant access to political parties to know the number of valid registrants on the register in every constituency.
The process would include correction of details, replacement of unclear photographs, verification of polling station details and a chance to object to the inclusion of unqualified names in the register on grounds such as the registration of minors and non- Ghanaians.
Turning his attention to electoral violence, the former President who is taking a third shot at the presidential elections after he lost the 2016 elections to President Nana Akufo-Addo, said the NDC was a peaceful party.
“Our late President Mills was called Asomdwehene. We are people who want a peaceful, free and fair elections.”
Mr Mahama had pledged in 2016 to upgrade the community’s health centre to a polyclinic if won the 2016 election.
He lost the polls.
But when he appeared before the chiefs and elders of Amanting on Thursday, he repeated the promise to cheers from the gathering.
“It is still on our agenda. Looking at the population of Amanting, you deserve it. Currently, if a patient is in a dire condition that the health centre cannot handle unless the patient is referred to Atebubu or Mampong, there will be trouble,” he said.
He also urged the electorates to participate in the upcoming census as it provided a justified ground to depending on the population to create a new district for Amanting and ultimately contribute to its development.
A new district he explained comes with a district police station, hospital and other developmental projects.
The community’s senior high school will also receive an expansion.
The community has also been pencilled down to benefit from a mechanisation centre as part of efforts to boost agriculture productivity in Ghana.
The voting trends
Atebubu-Amanting has been a stronghold of the National Democratic Congress since its creation in 2004.
But in 2016, it went skirt and blouse. While former President Mahama won the presidential election, the New Patriotic Party’s Kofi Amoakohene won the Parliamentary election by a little over 1000 votes.
That loss could be attributed to the decision of the Atebubu Traditional Council to ban the then incumbent MP, Sanja Nanja.
The Traditional Council and other local groups including the Zongo Association all washed their hands off him and banned him from engaging in any social activities in the area.
The Atebubu Traditional Council in April 2016, banned the MP after he was alleged to have insulted the queen mother of the town, Nana Afia Donyina, on radio, calling her a drunkard. This was after she accused him of being behind disturbances in the area.