DISTRICT Chief Executive (DCE) for Central Tongu District Assembly of the Volta Region, Mr Thomas Moore Zonyrah, has demostrated how this year’s figures of the biometric voters registration were reduced in the district.
Speaking in an interview on an Ho-based KINGDOM 105.9 FM being monitored by Daily Analyst, Mr Moore mentioned that close to about 41, 000 eligible voters who attained the mandatory voting age have registered in this year’s exercise to vote in 2020 general elections as compared to the previous voter registration figures of about 47,000 used in 2016 general elections.
The DCE attributed the reduction of the voter registration figures from the 47,000 to 41, 000 as a result of his instrumentality to prevent the many minors (voters less than 18 years old) from participating in this year’s biometric voter registration exercise in the district.
The reduction, according to him, premised on the fact of inability of the indigenes or citizens of the Central Tongu District who are staying outside to come home to partake in this year’s voter registration exercise as was done previously since 1992.
“Some of our people who have the voting power are now leaving in Tema, Accra, Ashaiman and other regions and this time round, they do not see it to travel to home to register as was previously done since 1992 and they have now taken decision to register in where they now staying to vote in 2020 general elections. So it is one of this reasons that accounts for the reduction in this year’s voter registration figures,” the DCE explained.
Mr Zoryrah described this year’s compilation of the voter registration exercise in the Central Tongu District as a very peaceful since he started monitoring voter registration exercises in Tongu in 1992.
He indicated that registration is the first step along the several important aspects of elections and it is incumbent for all qualified to take advantage in order to discharge their civic responsibility.
The DCE stressed that ensuring free, fair, credible and transparent election is the anchor upon which peace in elections is built and all of us have the national responsibility to fulfill such an obligation.
He added that “Our individual and collective commitment to peace for our society must not, for any reason, be sacrificed on the altar of partisan interests and any groups desire to win political power, by any means.
The DCE further emphasized that all Ghanaians, as individual citizens, stakeholder institutions, political parties, the EC, the media and civil society must rise above all personal and partisan interest and work for real peace as we go through the national exercise to vote on Dovember polls.