The Electoral Commission will organize a mop-up registration exercise on all Senior High School campuses, which are not polling stations gazetted for the purpose. The EC took the decision after concerns were raised by the public that, SHS students who have reported to school may be excluded from the ongoing voter registration exercise since they are not permitted to exit the school as a result of the COVID-19.
To ensure no Ghanaian who is qualified to exercise his or her voting right is not denied the right, the mop-up registration will be carried out on Saturday, 18th July 2020 across the country.
Senior High Students in school who could not register in the two-day exercise organized by the EC on various SHS campuses are expected to take advantage of this second window of opportunity.
Political party representatives to be assigned by stakeholders have been directed by the Ghana Education Service to refrain from all forms of engagements of the students that would amount to “partisan politicking.”
This call comes days after the National Youth Organizer of the ruling NPP, Nana B was captured and alleged to be engaging in partisan politics whiles parents were refrained from visiting their wards in school.
All EC officials and applicants (students) have been asked to adhere to the highest level of adherence to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols for their safety and that of others.
In a related development, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has filed a suit against the EC for its decision to carry out voters’ registration exercise in schools when they were not polling or registration centres gazetted for that purpose.
The NDC has insisted that the decision and subsequent registration of SHS students on campuses was a slap in the face of the law.
The EC’s decision was said to have been reached after it had met the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in a crunch emergency meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2020.
Below is the GES letter on the above story