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28.02.2012 Education


By Pat Aboagyewaa
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Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a human rights and anti-corruption media advocacy organization working in the Brong-Ahafo Region is to embark on massive public education campaign on the Biometric Voters Registration Exercise which start on Saturday March 24 and end on Saturday May 5.

The move is to help the general public especially the rural folk to understand the registration process and take active part in it. It is also aim to disabuse the mind of the public about the spreading misleading information to the effect that the biometric exercise is cancerous.

The CEO of the Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu who disclosed this to newsmen in Sunyani, said the registration exercise is vital and crucial to every Ghanaian who has attained the voting age and therefore, eligible to vote to do so.

He lamented about how some unscrupulous people are waging propaganda by spreading misleading information to the effect that the biometric exercise was cancerous and that people should not take part in it.

According to Mr. Ahenu, the foundation has adopted four strategies to be used to ensure that all segments of people are reached. This, he said include radio talkshows, house to house, church to church and community forums.

The CEO noted that since the biometric voters registration replaces the existing voters register, there is the need to ensure that all Ghanaians who qualifies to vote get registered to enable them to exercise their franchise in the December polls.

He urged the applicants to go along with their birth certificate, passport, baptismal card, a driver's license or a national health insurance card, the national identity card or the existing voter's identity card to show evidence of eligibility to register as being demanded by EC.

Mr. Ahenu called on the Electoral Commission to ensure that enough materials for the registration and personnel are available in all the registration centers in order to ensure that all qualified voters are registered.

The CEO also urged religious bodies to allocate at least 15 minutes of worship time and use it to educate their congregation on the upcoming biometric registration exercise. He said it is a duty of all Ghanaians to make certain that the upcoming registration exercise is done well.

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