Ghana’s election management body, the Electoral Commission (EC), says, as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country’s Health service has released some 7,000 health personnel for their new voters’ registration exercise ahead of this year’s general election.
The exercise which begins tomorrow, June 30 2020 will last for 38 days.
Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa, disclosing at a press briefing on Monday said the health personnel will help in ensuring that the necessary COVID-19 safety protocols are adhered to at the various registration centres.
“It is important to note that the Ghana Health Service released some 7,000 health assistance to each of the registration centres nationwide. It is expected that the health assistance will assist us in ensuring strict adherence to the safety protocols outlined by the Electoral Commission and all of these safety measures, we will rely on your cooperation dear citizens.”
“We believe and know that it will not be easy, but with your compliance with the above measures we should be able to carry out all the registration procedures safely,” she said.
44,000 registration officers
Mrs Mensa has further disclosed that 44, 000 registration officers have been recruited for the for the exercise.
“A major concern a number of citizens have raised with us has to do with the quality of our temporary officers. We have recruited, trained, and deployed over 44, 000 staff into the field. We are confident that the training provided them to operate efficiently and professionally. As part of the training, we have drummed home the importance of instilling in them the principles of integrity, fairness, and transparency in all their activities throughout the registration process”.
She also mentioned that they [recruits] have been to sign an oath to bear true allegiance to the principles underlying the conduct of the registration exercise.