Biometric registration exercise ends; EC chair hints of extension
5/5/2012 9:00:45 PM -
The nationwide biometric registration exercise has officially come to an end Saturday with reports of low turnout in the last phase of the exercise at various polling stations in the country.
Over eleven million people have so far been registered in the 40 day exercise which recorded pockets of violence and controversy in parts of the country.
There were also reports of shortage of materials and faulty equipments which disabled potential voters from registering.
There have been calls for the extension of the exercise to allow for people in those areas to register.
But the Chairman of the Commission no wholesale extension will be approved.
Dr. Afari Gyan expressed satisfaction with the exercise but hinted of an extension of the exercise in some parts of the country.
He told Joy News his outfit will be studying reports from the District electoral officers and commence a case-by-case study before any such requests for an extension will be approved.
On the final day of registration, Joy News correspondents across the country reported the queues which had been associated with exercise in the first and second phases had disappeared.
According to Joy News correspondent Ivy Setordzi there were some initial shortage of materials in the Volta Region but were made available later in the day and registration had continued albeit with a low turn out.
Richard Kojo Nyarko who was in the Central Region also reported of low turnout at the various polling centres.
Rafiq Salam said the electoral Officers in the Upper East region were virtually oh a holiday in the final days of the exercise.