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Extend mop-up exercise to hard-to-reach areas – Mahama to EC

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John Dramani Mahama, the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) standard-bearer and ex-president, has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to broaden the scope of the imminent mop-up voter registration initiative. He advocates for the inclusion of remote areas, not just district offices.

The EC has scheduled this mop-up operation for August 1st to 3rd, 2024.

Mahama contends that by expanding the registration to more locations, it will ensure that Ghanaians who have recently become of voting age can participate in the mop-up registration, thus averting any disenfranchisement.

These comments were part of his dialogue with the citizens in an event known as ‘Mahama Conversations’ held on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

“If this young lady or gentleman manages to secure two guarantors, pays for the transportation of the guarantors to accompany them to a registration centre and due to network failure and postponements, this young person is unable to register via the guarantor system, what is the likelihood that he or she can return another day to register with two guarantors?

“That leads to voter suppression. I will continue to urge the EC to prevent voter suppression by extending the mop-up exercise beyond its district offices to include all hard-to-reach areas.

“This will enable Ghanaians who have turned 18 or more to register from the 1st to the 3rd of August,” he said.

He assured his supporters that any obstacles to voting would not deter his ultimate victory in the polls, which would be a victory for all Ghanaians.

“However, let me assure you that no matter the challenges or artificial mountains and obstacles they erect in your paths to prevent you from exercising your franchise, my victory in the polls shall be your victory. It shall be a victory for all the suffering Ghanaians,” he stated.

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