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Biometric registration successful despite hitches – Dr. Afari-Gyan

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Dr. Afari-Gyan - EC Boss

The ongoing biometric registration exercise is very successful despite the technical hitches that have been encountered during the process in some parts of the country, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has said.

Speaking in an interview on Peace FM and monitored by ghanabusinessnews.com,  Dr. Afari-Gyan described the occurrence of the breaking down of some registration equipment as largely unpredictable just like any other technology.

The biometric registration exercise which was introduced to curb double registration and eliminate ghost names in the voter’s register has not gone without technical hitches in various parts of the country.

Dr. Afari-Gyan lauded the staff of the EC for being very proactive in remedying the numerous technical hitches that arose during the exercise.

The EC has stated that, the back-up equipment that was provided have been useful as well as the technicians stationed at the various registration centers.

The EC Chairman expressed grave concern about the pockets of misunderstanding that were recorded at some registration centers. He bemoaned the use of macho men to disrupt the registration process which he described as a drawback to the process.

Dr. Afari-Gyan, who has presided over five general elections in the Fourth Republic of Ghana, described as unfortunate the lack of patience among the electorate who rushed to register at polling stations which were not their traditional polling stations. This he said, has led to low turn-outs being recorded at some polling stations on subsequent weeks of the registration exercise.

By Pascal Kelvin Kudiabor

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