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26.03.2004 Politics

Registration exercise smoothens out in Achimota

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Accra March 26, GNA - Mr Nicholas Osei Asare, Registration Officer at the Little Angels Nursery Registration Centre at Achimota-Neoplan, on Friday described the registration exercise at the centre as smooth.
"The exercise has been so far, so good. We have not witnessed any fights or quarrels here. All of us including the party agents understand each other and they are very cooperative and the people registering have been very understanding as well," he told the Ghana News Agency. As at 0930 hours on Friday when the GNA got to the Centre, it had registered 957 voters representing about 80 per cent of the people expected to register at the Centre.
"We have been registering between 90 to 120 people a day, but we have not seen long queues, a lot of people have registered," he said. Mr Asare said he did not think there would be the need for the extension of the exercise as far as their centre was concerned. He said the centre had experienced shortage of materials on March 24, but they were supplied with a set of materials on March 25 at about noon.
He, however, called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure that materials including pencils, pens and erasers were always available since they sometimes bought such materials with their own money when they experienced any shortage.
The story was not different at the Dreamland Registration Centres A and B located at the Achimota Market.
Nii Teye Anane, Registration Officer at Centre A also described the exercise as smooth and said the Centre had recorded about 1,050 registered voters so far.
He said there had been no shortages of materials and said as far as the Centre was concerned there was no need for the extension of the exercise.
"I think all the people in this area have registered' he said. Mr Solomon Mensah, Registration Officer at the Centre B, a three-minute walk from Centre A, said he also thought there was no need for an extension.
The Centre had also recorded about 1,001 people at the time GNA got there and there was a short queue of people waiting to be registered. Mr Mensah said the old forms, which had been brought, were mixed up in numbers but he would sort them out later.