Ahead of the mass voter registration exercise for the 2020 general election, the Electoral Commission (EC) on Tuesday started a nationwide training exercise for 42,025 registration officials to equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge desired for the exercise.
The EC’s regional directors and their deputies, as well as regional supervisors, deputy registration supervisors, district electoral officers and assistant electoral officers, are to benefit from the exercise, which involves training for data entry clerks, laminators and those to be directly involved in the use of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits at the grass roots.
The officials will also be taken through the registration procedure, which will cover eligibility criteria, challenge procedures and the vouching process.
The Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations at the EC, Mr Samuel Tettey, told the Daily Graphic in Accra that the training exercises should be completed by the third week of this month, in readiness for the commencement of the mass voter registration.Asked if political party representatives would also be trained, he said the EC did not have enough budgetary support to add political parties to the training exercise. He, however, said if any political party needed the services of the EC, “we will make our training team available to that party”.
The EC will also conduct a two-day pilot registration exercise at all its regional offices today and tomorrow to test the BVR kits, assess the protocols put in place, among other things.
Besides, it will later announce a date for a national pilot registration exercise at its head office in Accra. Representatives of political parties will be expected to be in attendance to observe the processes.
Mr Tettey said all the officials would be briefed on the rules and regulations guiding the registration exercise and the enforcement of measures to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19.
He said the EC was leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful registration exercise and the conduct of peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections on December 7, 2020.