Politics of Monday, 11 August 2014
Ghanaian presidential aspirant, Nana Akufo-Addo, says the ongoing limited voter registration exercise in the West African country, has been “smooth” so far.
“Thus far, I have been to a few registration centres in the Greater Accra and Central Regions to monitor proceedings in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise. From what I have observed in the centres I have visited, the process appears to be proceeding smoothly,” the two-time presidential candidate said when he toured 6 registration centres in the Agortime-Ziope, Adaklu, Central Tongu and Akatsi constituencies in the Volta region Sunday.
“However, we cannot tell if this situation pertains to all the registration centres across the country,” he pointed out.
“When the exercise is completed on August 13, that is when we can analyse reports from all parts of the country and determine whether or not the registration exercise was a success,” the former Attorney General who wants to lead Ghana’s biggest opposition party – New Patriotic Party – into elections for the third consecutive time.
He congratulated all polling agents of the party for doing a good job in protecting the party’s interests in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise, and urged them to remain vigilant in the last few days of the 10-day exercise.
Akufo-Addo was accompanied by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate in the 2008 and 2012 elections; John Peter Amewu, Volta Regional NPP Chairman; Nii Adjiri Blankson, former Mayor of Accra; Elizabeth Ohene, former Minister of Education; regional NPP executives, and some constituency chairmen of the party in the region.
The exercise by the country’s Electoral Commission is meant to offer an opportunity to fresh voters to register ahead of the 2016 general elections.