It is now official. The Electoral Commission (EC) will conduct the biometric voter registration for prisoners throughout the country on Tuesday, May 29.
Consequently, the commission would send a team of registration officials and materials to each of the 43 prisons dotted around the country, for the one-day exercise.
The acting Director of Public Affairs of EC, Christian Owusu-Parry who disclosed this in Accra yesterday, said the necessary
arrangements had been put in place to ensure that all eligible voters in the country’s prisons with valid ID cards got registered.
He urged the political parties to contact Regional Directors of Prisons in their respective regions to make the necessary arrangements to enable their agents observe the registration exercise.
The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Assistant Superintendent of Prison, Courage Atsem told the ‘Ghanaian Times’ that the Service was prepared for the exercise.
The EC, in compliance with a Supreme Court ruling decided to register the prisoners during the recent nationwide biometric voters registration.
However, the prison authorities appealed to the EC to suspend the exercise, arguing that the true identity of inmates should be ascertained.
The EC was therefore compelled to defer the registration exercise to enable prison authorities conduct a thorough check on their background to determine those eligible to register and vote in future elections.
It subsequently gave the Prison Service a 20-day grace period to enable them complete the background check.
Meanwhile, the EC has decided to embark on a two-day mopping up exercise for the recent biometric voter registration in some selected centres from June 9 to June 10.
The mop up would offer eligible voters who could not register during the 40-day exercise do so.
According to Mr Owusu-Parry, the registration centres involved would be published in the media and advised potential voters in the affected centres to avail themselves for the exercise.