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30.03.2004 Regional News

Registration Runoff Tamale

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The two-week nationwide registration exercise to replace the existing voters' register, which is considered bloated ended in Tamale peacefully. Registration centres were virtually empty as the time GNA visited to monitor the last day of the exercise. There were no queues in any of the centres GNA visited in parts of the Metropolis at the end of the exercise on Monday. Registration officials told the GNA that eligible voters were no longer coming to register and that they believed almost all eligible voters interested to register had done that since all the registration officials were relaxed.

At Kalariga Saqafat Primary School in the Vitting Area of the Municipality, Mr Seidu John Mumuni, said only 20 people had registered as at 1700 hours on Monday and that 717 people had registered during the two-week exercise. He described the exercise as successful since there was no incident recorded. At Dabokpa J. S. S., where there were long queues at the commencement of the exercise, registration officials this time were relaxed since there was no one around to register.

Mr Umar Nuredeen, the registration officer said 1,110 people had registered during the exercise and that only 24 had registered on Monday and expressed satisfaction at the close of the exercise. At the Kokou Presbyterian Junior Secondary School, 34 people had registered on Monday and a total of 1,000 people had registered during the whole period, Mr Maxwell Bassum, Registration Officer said. He said for the past three days people were no longer coming to register, compelling some of the officers and the party agents to sleep but added that the exercise was a success. He commended the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Convention People's Party (CPP) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) agents for their understanding and cooperation during the two-week exercise and that they had stayed together and it was difficult for one to distinguish between their political affiliation. He also commended the Presbyterian Secondary School close to the centre for lending them their furniture and calculators as well as other equipment for use.