Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Ghana: Regional zoning planned for biometric voter registration
“It is obvious that we cannot carry out registration at all the projected 23,000 polling stations at the same time. So some zoning would be inevitable. In this regard the Commission is currently considering various zoning options and would engage the political parties on the form of zoning,” Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told an Institute of Economic Affairs forum in Accra on 1st November.
He told assembled delegates, “If done well, biometric voter registration can ensure a verifiable voters register, in the sense that a person's name can occur only once in the register and at a specific polling station, thereby ensuring that that person can vote only once under his or her name.”
Former Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Justice Emile Short, who chaired the forum, stressed the need for adequate consultation to ensure that the exercise runs smoothly. He urged the government to ensure the timely release of the necessary funds.
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