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27.03.2004 Politics

Ahafo-Ano South hopes to exceed voters' registration target

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Mankranso (Ash), March 27, GNA- About 33,127 eligible voters out of the estimated 47,000 voters have registered in the Ahafo-Ano South district of Ashanti.
Mr Ernest Opoku, the District Electoral Officer, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said this clearly showed how the people were conscious of their civic rights.
He said so far there had not been any serious incidents at any of the 15 registration centres in the district.
He said, however, that 229 challenge forms had been filled at some registration centres and named areas like Mankranso, Kunsu, Adugyama and Asibe-Nkwanta as places where people had been challenged on their eligibility to register.
Mr Opoku said the district review committee would examine these cases after the exercise.
He, however, appealed to people who had challenged the eligibility of a voter not to go beyond the challenge and take the law into their own hands since the Electoral Commission (EC) would deal with all cases judiciously. More women register in Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district Kuntanase (Ash), March 27, GNA- As at the first week of the registration exercise in the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district of Ashanti, women had registered more than the men.
Mr Joshua Ofori-Prempeh, the District Electoral Officer told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Kuntanase on Friday, that out of a total of 58,650 people who registered, 29,758 were women and the remaining 26,892 were men. He said more people a trickling in to register
Mr Ofori-Prempeh attributed the increase in the registered voters to the proximity of the district, which not far from Kumasi as more and more people now reside in the district as a result of the increase in infrastructure in the district.
Asked whether it was necessary for the extension of the exercise, he said that would depend on the overall results the Electoral Commission (EC) would declare at the end of the exercise. Ahafo-Ano North registration exercise progressing peacefully Tepa (Ash), March 27, GNA- More than 24,000 eligible voters in the Ahafo-Ano North district of Ashanti had registered after the first week of the registration exercise.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Tepa on Friday, Mr Kwabena Asante-Boahen, the District Electoral Officer and Mr Mathew Asamoah Kyereme, the Registration Supervisor, said the district had 35,500 registration forms meant for the district but they had to return 500 to the regional electoral office in Kumasi following the shortage of forms in some parts of Kumasi. They, however, gave the assurance that the remaining 35,000 forms would be sufficient for the exercise.
They explained that they were able to retrieve some forms from the less heavily patronised registration centres to heavily patronised areas. They said they have sufficient registration forms to register all eligible voters in the district by the close of the two-week exercise.