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Following the Supreme Court’s ruling and further approval of the registration of the new voter’s register, the EC commenced its registration on Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 7:00 am.

News from various reporters dispatched..

Accounts by our team of reporters identified the disregard of some and in other cases all of Covid-19 safety protocols as a major problem as well as the inadequate of sensitization of Ghanaians on procedures regarding the process.

Our reporter from Nungua Authority Kantamanto reports of the violation of social distancing protocols but observed that all other covid-19 protocols were being observed.

Registration Began at 7: am with people trooping in to participate in the process. Two police officers are stationed at the polling station to ensure security. All covid 19 protocols are being observed except that of social distancing” he revealed.

An observer insisted that the polling station needed military men and not police officials.

Another participant had his nose mask in his car whiles he awaited his turn to register.

A report from the Nii Maale constituency in Ashaiman suggested that EC officials have arrived but had not set up their equipments just yet. He further raises an issue of participants being upset about the issue.

Our reporter Daniel Adatsi, also reported that registration had not started at the Gbetsele constituency though the EC officials had arrived.

Another reporter Kwasi Ansah Gyan from Lashibi St James International School revealed that participants arrived at the polling station as early as 2 am and 2:17.

He observed that “No Social distance protocols are being observed, no temperature guns available at the station. I further engaged an EC official off air about the absence of temperature guns at the station but he agitatedly refused to speak about the issue”

A report from new Akyeremadi in Kumasi suggests that participants were using stones to determine their positions in the line of registration. His report also confirms the absence of sanitizers at the polling centre.

“There are no sanitizers to wipe off fingers on finger verification code.” He declares. An up-close discussion with an official on the lack of sanitizers for the verification proved futile as EC official lashes out – he can’t be taught what to do”

Anopa Bosuo further took the opinions of participants at the polling centers:

A participant from Adenta the Calvary presby constituency reported that the Equipments and machines for the exercise weren’t working – many participants were retiring to their various chores.

Another caller from Okre constituency suggests that there were no police officials at the polling station, no social distance protocols were being observed and he doesn’t think the EC officials on the ground can handle the electoral process alone.

Frank Addo a caller from Addo Kwanta in the Akuapem North constituency suggested police officials be deployed to the centre. He complains about the availability of only a female police office which isn’t safe.

Another caller from the Abiriw Constituency was excited about the electoral process in his constituency. He appreciated the efforts of Hon. Dan Botswe regarding the sensitization of participants in the constituency.

In Teiman, there were no EC officials at the polling stations. The caller subsequently asked if the centre was actually set for phase two of the voter’s registration.

A rather upset caller from Kpong Katamanso complains about the absenteeism of EC officials at the centre. He lashes out on presenter and hangs the call.

Written by Lois Naa Oshedu

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