Over seven million voters participated in the just-ended Electoral Commission (EC) exhibition exercise, Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Jean Mensa has revealed.
The exbition exercise was to give opportunity to the electorates to verify their data on the new voter register as well as correct any mistakes that may be detected.
It came to an end on Sunday, September 27, 2020.
Speaking at the EC's ''Let The Citizen Know'' press conference, Madam Jean Mensa commended Ghanaians for a successful exhibition exercise.
''I am happy to state that six hundred and ninety eight thousand four hundred and four (698,404) Voters verified their details using the Commission’s SMS short code. Similarly, seven million two hundred and seventy one thousand four hundred and ninety eight (7,271,498) Voters verified their details physically at the Exhibition Centres. Combined, this translates to 7,969,887 number of Voters who verified their details during the 2020 Exhibition which constitutes 46.9% of the total number of voters in the Provisional Voters Register. In 2016 the percentage of persons who verified constituted 45% of the total register whist the 2016 registration was conducted over a period of 21 days, the 2020 registration was conducted over a period of 10 days.''
Resolution of errors
However, in the course of the exhibition process, the EC identified a number of issues on the provisional register which they have resolved.
The EC recorded a deficit of over 7000 on the register but has assured all Ghanaians of voting age that they will not be disenfranchised.
''As I stated earlier we worked throughout the Exhibition Process to resolve significant number of issues on the Provisional Register. To date, the total number of persons reflected on the Provisional Voters Register stands at Seventeen million and Seven Thousand, seven hundred and twenty-sixty (17,007,26). We witnessed an increase in the register by 44,420 persons
''We still have a deficit of Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifteen (7,515). This constitutes 0.0004% of the total Provisional Voters Register. We will not relent but we will continue to work to ensure that everyone who registered is counted as part of the register. As a Commission we will spare no effort in ensuring that every vote counts'', Madam Jean Mensa stated.
Read her full speech below: