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03.09.2012 General News

Tension mounts in Ashanti over missing names in voters' register

By Daily Guide
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Tension is said to be mounting at some exhibition centers in the Ashanti Region capital, Kumasi over missing names in the biometric voters' register. 

Over two-thirds of people who registered at Hedonits Centre at Ayigya and Silicon Centre at Kentinkrono could not find their names on the list. 

Over 700 potential voters are affected. 
Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Samuel Tetteh, says they are working with the IT Department to ensure the anomaly is rectified.

LUV FM's Kwabena Ampratwum reported that the affected persons suspect they were being deliberately disenfranchised.

But the Ashanti Regional Electoral Officer explained that the situation must have come about as a result of registration officers entering a wrong code during the registration exercise, thereby, misplacing the names.

Mr Tetteh said an audit will be conducted to ensure that the issue was resolved.

Kwabena Ampratwum says the officers at the exhibition centres are not giving the affected persons any explanation as to why their names are not in the register, infuriating them greatly.

This situation has been exacerbated by the fact that there are no Inclusion Forms for those who can't find their names in the register to fill out and have their names included.

Mr Tetteh said it was wrong that that was the case and promised to make Inclusion Forms available at those exhibition centres. 

Kwabena reported that the exercise was running smoothly at other exhibition centres in the region.

Source: Myjoyonline

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