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We won’t be observing violence at registration centres if Ghana Card was used as a sole document – EC

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has emphasized that the recent violence witnessed during the limited voter registration process validates its proposition to utilize the Ghana Card as the exclusive document for registration.

The commission has noted instances of violence at certain registration centers, primarily stemming from disputes over the age and citizenship status of registrants.

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However, it contends that such conflicts could have been mitigated had the Ghana Card been adopted as the sole registration credential.

During a press conference held on May 13, 2024, to provide an update on the limited voter registration, Deputy Electoral Commissioner Dr. Bossman Asare urged party agents to utilize the challenge process instead of physically obstructing registrants.

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“We have also noticed that some of the disturbances occurring at some of our registration centres are due to the fact that some people are doubting the ages of some of the applicants. This is the reason why the commission has been advocating for the usage of the Ghana Card, which has the date of birth and the nationality of the bearers of the card and the abolishment of the guarantor system.

“We are hopeful that in the next registration exercise, applicants will use the Ghana card as the means of identification,” he stated. 

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