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28.03.2004 Togo

Ghanaians resident in Togo throng Aflao to register

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Aflao, Mar. 28, GNA - A large number of Ghanaians resident in Lome, Togo at the weekend thronged various registration centres at Aflao to register towards this year's presidential and parliamentary elections as the count down to the end of the exercise draws near. Except for a few who were turned away from some of the centres because they were not known in the community and could also not provide their house numbers or explain themselves adequately, many of them got registered. Some of them who wanted to avoid any doubts about their Ghanaian nationality in the minds of either the registration officials or party agents carried with them previous voters registration cards.

Messrs Frank Abbam, 32 and Arthur Frimpong, 29, both Auto-Mechanics in Lome, who hail from Obuasi in the Ashanti Region and Kade in the Eastern Region respectively, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that apart from using them for voting the cards could also serve as Ghanaian citizens identity cards for those of them leaving in Togo who did not have any other form of identification. Some others who came in to register, mostly fishermen, said, they hailed from Ada and Ningo areas in the Greater-Accra Region, Apam, Senya-Bereku and Cape Coast areas in the Central Region, Sekondi-Tarkoradi in the Western Region Kumasi in Ashanti, with others from the northern part of the Volta Region.

Meanwhile many of the registration centres in Aflao were fast running out of registration forms for the second time since the exercise started barely two weeks ago. At the Timber Market Centre in Aflao, less that 30 registration forms were left as at the close of work on Saturday. Mr Nicholas Agorbia, Registration Officer in charge of the centre said if no forms were made available by about 0900 hours on Sunday (today) when the remaining forms would have been used up his staff would be forced to sit idly.