Electoral Commission registers over 251,000 new voters, majority female

Electoral Commission registers over 251,000 new voters, majority female

Out of the total figure, a total of 135, 898 (54.11 per cent) of the registered voters are females, and 115,251 (45.89 per cent) are males – indicating that more females are registering than males.

Addressing a press conference in on Monday, Dr Bossman Eric Asare, Deputy Chairman of the EC in charge of Corporate Services, said the Commission had also registered 400 persons with disabilities across the country.

The regional breakdown of the new voter registrations is as follows:

  • Greater Accra: 33,899 (13.5%)
  • : 6,928 (2.8%)
  • : 10,646 (4.2%)
  • Northern: 19,491 (7.8%)
  • Bono: 8,972 (3.6%)
  • : 9,681 (3.9%)
  • Volta: 12,190 (4.9%)
  • : 8,474 (3.4%)
  • Eastern: 25,625 (10.2%)
  • Central: 27,984 (11.1%)
  • : 6,273 (2.5%)
  • Ashanti: 44,232 (17.6%)
  • Western North: 9,134 (3.6%)
  • : 7,259 (2.9%)
  • Savannah: 5,261 (2.1%)
  • : 15,100 (6.0%)

A significant portion of the new registrants are first-time voters aged between 18 and 21, making up 221,066 of the total registered voters within the first six days.

Dr. Asare detailed the types of identification used for the registration: 98,926 applications (39.39%) used the , 622 (0.25%) used passports, and 151,601 (60.36%) used the guarantor system. He highlighted concerns about the guarantor system, noting that it is often exploited to register unqualified individuals such as minors and foreigners.

“The guarantor system continues to dominate the forms of identification,” Dr. Asare remarked. “This is something the Commission is not proud of because it is used by political parties and certain persons to facilitate the registration of unqualified persons.”

He expressed the EC's hope that future registration exercises would rely solely on identity documents to reduce issues related to applicant age and nationality verification. The Commission also urged political parties to refrain from using violence to challenge applicant eligibility and advised parents to ensure that children under 18 do not attempt to register.

The Greater Accra Region recorded the highest number of challenges with 524 out of 2,935 cases.

The 's efforts aim to ensure a smooth and credible voter registration process ahead of future elections.

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