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Kits for biometric registration do not cause cancer, HIV – Electoral Officer

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The District Electoral Officer for Awutu Senya, Mr Dominic Agbanu, has said it was untrue that kits for biometric registration could cause cancer.

He said there was no truth in the rumours and that the Electoral Commission would not encourage anything that could endanger the lives of Ghanaians.

Answering a question on the safety of the biometric kits at the inauguration of the Awutu Senya District Inter-Party Dialogue Committee at Awutu Breku, Mr Agbanu appealed to Ghanaians not to allow the rumours to scare them from registering.

He said the registration was their passport for exercising their franchise and appealed to political parties to ensure that their supporters patronize the registration when it takes off.

Mr Agbanu said the Electoral Commission had acquired 7,000 kits for the registration at the 23,000 polling stations in the country.

Electoral areas would be grouped into clusters of four polling stations and  registration officers are to spend 10 days at one polling station, meaning they would spend 40 days in registering one cluster.

At the close of the day the names of people registered would be printed and copies given to the representatives of the political parties present at the polling stations.

Mr Charles Nkromah, Central Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) appealed to politicians to accept the verdict of the electorate in an election.

He advised members of the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee to be very objective and not to tow party lines in taking decisions.

Mr Nkromah said deciding to win elections at all cost and by any means were the bane of electoral conflicts and appealed to political parties to desist from it.

Mr Andrews Ofori Larbi, Awutu Senya District Director of NCCE, urged politicians to tolerate diverse views of their opponents to promote peace and not to see their opponents as enemies.

Mr Larbi cautioned against defacing political opponent’s posters and said   permission should be sought before posters are pasted on people’s buildings.

Superintendent of Police E.K. Asare, Awutu District Police Commander, cautioned against attempts to cause trouble before, during and after the elections as the police would deal with such trouble makers.

Source: GNA

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