General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has called on members and supporters of the party to participate in the ongoing voter exhibition exercise to enable them confirm their names on the voter roll ahead of the 2020 polls.
According to Mr Nketia, the “new register is riddled with errors,” hence, the need for them to take part in the exhibition exercise to verify their details.
Speaking at separate rallies at Bassa, Okyeamekrom, Atebubu and Kwame Danso on Thursday, 17 September 2020, as part of a three-day tour of the Bono East Region by the flag bearer of the party, Mr John Mahama, the NDC General Secretary said: “Whether it was intentional on the part of the EC or an attempt to rig the elections for the NPP government, we can’t tell, but I will implore every NDC supporter to go and check your name at your polling station to make sure that your name is there and correctly spelt.”
Mr Nketia also revealed that certain groups of persons have been going round to collect peoples’ voter ID cards under the pretext of securing loan facilities for them and called on the party’s supporters to be vigilant, as the aim is to prevent them from voting in the December polls and not to secure them any loan facility as is being purported.
Meanwhile, voters who opt to use the Electoral Commission’s shortcode 1422 to verify their registration details, will have to pay 30p for that service, Chair of the election management body, Mrs Jean Mensa, has said.
At a press conference on Thursday, 17 September 2020, Mrs Mensa said: “During this period of the exhibition, the physical copies of the 2020 provisional voter register will be placed at all 33,367 exhibition centres to enable prospective voters to verify their details as captured during the registration exercise and make requests for amendments or insertions where necessary”.
She said: “It is important to note that all persons who registered at the various district offices must go to their assigned polling stations during the exhibition exercise and not the district offices”.
“In a bid to ensure the safety and security of our stakeholders and to make life easier for all prospective voters, the Commission will deploy a mobile telephoning system, also known the SMS to allow prospective voters to check their details using their mobile phones for a fee of 30 pesewas.
“A prospective voter may access this system by simply texting his or her voter ID number to 1422 and immediately his or her details will pop up. With this simple process a voter with the click of the button”, can obtain all their voter registration details.
According to Mrs Mensa, “this facility will be available to all voters throughout the period, from Friday the 18th of September to Friday the 25th of September 2020”.
“We are aware that a number of citizens have tried to access this platform before it was activated.
“We wish to assure you that your funds have not gone to waste.
“Our team has compiled your details. The system will forward your information to your phone once the platform goes live tomorrow. Therefore, we urge you not to re-access the system”, she said.