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Only 43% of voters took part in exhibition - EC

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei
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Only 43 per cent of the total number of registered voters took part in the just ended voter exhibition exercise, the Electoral Commission (EC) has disclosed.

The Electoral Commission (EC) organised a voter exhibition exercise from July 18 to ended on August 7, 2016 for the over 15.7 million (15, 744, 730) names on the voters’ register to be verified.

But according to the Head of Communication and Public Relations, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, only 6.6 million (6,693,292) voters, represent­ing 43%, took part in the 21-day exercise.

At the end of the exhibition exercise, 6.5 million (6,566,049) voters visited polling sta­tions to check their names  while 127,243 checked their names using Short Message Service (SMS) short code 6363, he said.

On the re-registration of the NHIS registrants, Mr Dzakpasu said according to final figures, 29,550 voters, represent­ing 52% of National Health Insurance (NHI) card registrants who were deleted, re-registered at the end of the entire exercise.

This means 27,222 NHI card regis­trants whose names were deleted failed to re-register.

Mr Dzakpasu, according to the Finder Newspaper added that, “The deletion of minors, foreigners and cases of multiple and illegal regis­tration is still undergoing investigation and adjudication by the District Regis­tration Officer, that is the District Magistrate, before we can get final fig­ures".