Former President John Mahama
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has advised members and supporters of the party to verify their names on the provisional voter register when the Electoral Commission opens it for exhibition at polling stations in all constituencies from today, Friday, 18 September to 25 September 2020.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Amanten in the Atebubu Amanten constituency to kick start his three-day tour of the Bono East Region, Mr Mahama said it would be unfortunate for any eligible voter to be disenfranchised because the person did not verify her or his name on the voters register during the Electoral Commission’s exhibition of the provisional voter register.
“We should use the energy that was exhibited during the voter registration exercise for the exhibition exercise because it might happen that your name was not captured or was spelt wrongly, and the needed correction will be done to enable you take part in the elections,” he advised.
Mr Mahama, therefore, urged all those who registered during the new voter registration exercise to visit their polling stations in all constituencies throughout the country with their new voter ID cards to check their names on the new voter rolls.https://www.facebook.
The checking of names in the voters register by members and supporters of the NDC, Mr Mahama said, is an important step in the party’s forward march to victory in the December 7 elections.
As part of the exhibition exercise, the EC will be displaying the names of voters who registered more than once as well as those who flouted the rules and regulations of the registration exercise.
To make the exercise easier than it used to be, the EC has introduced a short message service (SMS) platform to enable registered voters to access their registration details.
The shortcode, 1422, will be activated throughout the period earmarked for the exhibition.
To access registration details, voters would have to text their voter ID card number to the shortcode.
The eight-day exercise is to give registered voters the opportunity to authenticate their personal information.
Speaking to journalists at a press conference on Thursday, 17 September 2020, EC Chair Jean Mensa said: “During this period of exhibition, the physical copies of the 2020 provisional voter register will be placed on all 33,367 exhibition centres to enable prospective voters verify their details as captured during the registration exercise and will request amendments or insertions where necessary”.
“It is important to note that all persons who registered at the various district offices must go to the assigned polling stations during the exhibition exercise and not the district offices.
“The Commission will also display an exceptions list, comprising the names of registered voters, who have flouted the regulations of the registration exercise.
“The persons on the exceptions list cannot vote in the upcoming election.
“The Commission will also display the multiples list”, she added.
She explained that: “This contains names of persons who have engaged in multiple registration and, therefore, cannot vote in the upcoming elections”.
She noted that voters who have already lost their ID cards can still verify their details.
“You can still check their voter registration details if you cannot find your ID card.
“Once you’re registered voter, your photograph and details are captured and will be displayed in the register.
“Note, however, that being in possession of the card, makes it much easier for you to check your details on the register”, she added.