EC Will Not Extend Biometric Registration Deadline

The Electoral Commission has declared it has no intention of extending the biometric voter registration exercise. Some political parties have called for an extension following the shortage of materials and the breakdown of equipment at some registration centres. According to the acting Public Relations Officer of the Electoral Commission, Christian Owusu Parry, the large numbers of Ghanaians registered, indicate that an extension of the registration will be unnecessary. “Just at the beginning of the exercise there were reports of shortage of registration forms, quickly the commission mobilised over two million forms and so there have been no complains of registration problems,” he added. Meanwhile, the New Patriotic Party’s National Youth Organiser, Anthony Abayifa Karbo, insists the EC should create enough space to deal with the issue of the breakdown of machines which delayed the exercise in some areas. According to Mr. Karbo, there are still reports of the breakdown of equipment which results in long hours of queuing. But, the Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) Communications Director, Nii Armah Akomfrah on the other hand, said there is no need for the extension. “The exercise has gone smoothly in terms of what the EC intends to do. There have been challenges but I don’t think as a whole, there will be a need to extend the registration time,” he argued.