Breaking: Unlocking of restrictions not influenced by voter registration exercise- Oppong Nkrumah
Ghana’s Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has corrected the notion that the decision by government to unlock certain restrictions is as a result of the Electoral Commission’s planned voter registration exercise.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah clarified that the upcoming voter registration exercise will only be a consequence of the President’s decision to unlock these restrictions particularly on public gatherings.
“What the EC, NIA or anybody will want to do will have to be a consequence of where we are going. So if where we are going says that we are doing XYZ all other bodies will have to draw from where we are going and come up with a plan of preventive etiquette and safety protocols that are available for their cause” he added.
He however emphasized the need for the country to observe the 2020 election, stressing; “bear in mind that, I think we are clear in our minds that, this election 2020 must happen. Countries have had elections in the midst of this pandemic. The question is, how do we prepare ourselves to have an election in the midst of this pandemic and in a manner that we can protect our population”
The Electoral Commission intends to undertake a new voter registration exercise for the 2020 general election. The National Identification Authority also wish to complete a mass registration exercise it started months ago until the pandemic hit the country.