May 9, 2012

The Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Balado Manu has parted the Electoral Commission (EC) on the back for ensuring successful biometric voters registration exercise which is the first of its kind in Ghanaian electoral history.

According to him though the biometric registration is a novelty with all its technicalities and challenges the EC has done a yeo man’s job deserving score of  about 87%.

The forty (40) day national exercise which commenced on the 24th March to 5th May 2012 was adjudged to be successful despite some pockets of violence that were recorded in some parts of the country notably Odododiodioo in Accra and Tafo Pankrono in the Ashante region.

Contributing to a discussion on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Tuesday, Hon, Balado Manu in acknowledging the initial hitches that characterized the first week of the registration was quick to commend the Electoral Commission for not allowing itself to be overcome by the challenges but remained resilient to ensure a successful end of the exercise.

He however urged the EC to make sure that an effective education on future exercises and the upcoming general elections starts early to ensure that the electoral processes is enhanced and a successful general elections achieved.

Meanwhile the EC has stated that about 12 million people registered during the exercise and are ready to vote in the impending December election with about 8,000 double registration being detectors with the highest number emerging from the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Kwadwo Anim/