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EC to sanction officials for breaching COVID-19 protocols

By Mutala Yakubu
EC boss Jean Mensa (middle)
EC boss Jean Mensa (middle)
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The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will not hesitate to sanction its officials who breach COVID-19 protocols at registration centres.

The EC has begun investigating issues such as that after a video circulating on social media showed some officials failing to clean the fingerprint scanners before and after their use at registration centres.

The EC in a statement said any official found guilty will face their wrath.

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“The Electoral Commission’s (EC’s) attention has been drawn to a post circulating on social media about the failure of some registration officials at certain centres to clean fingerprint scanners before and after their use.

“The EC will not hesitate to take the necessary action against any official found to be negligent in the observance of the COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, the EC has alerted its monitoring teams to put that agenda on their radar as well as re-echo the precautionary measures to its temporary staff,” the EC said in a statement.

There have been reports of disregard for COVID-19 safety protocols at some registration centres since the exercise kicked off, forcing the EC to introduce some measures to ensure a greater level of compliance to COVID-19 preventive measures.

The EC introduced the queue management system at all of its registration centres to tackle issues with overcrowding.

The queue management system will ensure that the first 150 applicants who arrive at the registration centres will be provided with “numbered chits”, according to the EC.

The first half of this number will be served from morning to early afternoon, while the second half will be asked to leave the centres and return in the afternoon when the registration process for the first batch has been completed.

The much-debated Voters Registration exercise kicked off on June 30, 2020, and is expected to end on August 6, 2020.

For any Ghanaian to be able to acquire a Voters ID card to be able to participate in the upcoming election, that person must possess a Ghana Card or a Passport to be able to register.

Persons who do not have both requirements can access the guarantor system where you must find two registered persons to vouch for one’s identity as a Ghanaian.