After the back and forth and the visible frustration on the faces of residents who queued up last week at the registration centres across the Western Region to register for the Electoral Commission’s new Voters Register, the first phase of the registration exercise ended successfully.
Residents, who were mostly civil and public servants, students, businessmen and women including the aged thronged the registration centers as they sat while others stood in the scourging sun for several hours in long queues to undergo the first process of the registration.
The exercise was held in some clusters made up of five registration centers each in the Western Region while it commenced with prospective voters adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
All the preventive protocols were observed accordingly such as wearing of nose masks at registration center, usage of thermometer guns by EC officials, and provision of Veronica buckets, hand sanitizers, tissue papers and liquid soaps.
There were also security present with political parties agents stationed at each center and some health officials assisting in ensuring strict adherence to the safety protocols outlined by the Electoral Commission and all of the safety measures.
Some registrants, especially those with little knowledge of the exercise and others who could not wait to have the exercise in the areas went to spend long hours in queues to the detriment of the residents in the hosting areas for the exercise.
When the ghananet visited some registration centres in the Ahanta West Municipality to monitor the ongoing exercise, it observed that some registrants quarreled among themselves as others jumped queues to be attended to.
Madam Bernice Awuah, who was in the queue since the early hours of the day at a registration center in Akwidaa, lamented that it was her second day at the center and she had not taken her turn, though she was there as early as 0500 hours and it was now 1300 hours and was yet there.
A pregnant woman, Madam Rosemond Akummey in the queue at the 31st December registration center commended the Registration Officers over the process after she was made to skip the queue to have her particulars taken.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the exercise has started without hitches and the long queues and quarrels that greeted the first phase. However, the Officials at the various centres visited were tight-lipped and said they were instructed not to speak to the media.
Source: Ghananest.com/Seth Danquah