The Electoral Commission has revealed, it has successfully re-registered a total of 22,107 persons out of the 56,772 names deleted from the electoral roll.
Addressing a news conference Friday, its Director of Communications, Eric Dzakpasu said the Commission did not expect all deleted persons to turn up for re-registration as directed by the courts.
“It has been four years since they registered. Chances are that a good number of them may no longer have been with us and others may have their own reasons why they would not want to re-register”, he explained.
The re-registration became necessary after the Supreme Court ruled on July 5 that persons who used the NHIS card to register to vote used a wrong document to prove citizenship.
The court, therefore, directed that they are given another opportunity to correct their registration in accordance with their right to vote.
The Communications Director described the registration exercise which started on July 18 and ended Thursday 27 July as the most publicised activity of the Commission this year.
Mr Dzakpasu also revealed that the Commission the 10-day opportunity was “more than enough” for any affected registrant to re-register. In effect, the EC will not be extending the re-registration exercise.
He explained that the Electoral Commission needs to exhibit the data collected so far as well adjudicate on objections to some names on the roll raised during the exercise.
He added that an extension will also have a budgetary constraint on the Commission.
The registration exercise was run along with a voter exhibition exercise to allow eligible voters to verify their details in the register. The EC revealed that so far, 4,173,959 citizens have been verified.
The exhibition is expected to end August 7.