The National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations of Ghana (PTA) has condemned the Electoral Commission (EC) for not consulting them before embarking on the 2-day exercise to register students who are eligible and qualified voters in Senior High Schools.
The PTA believes the voter’s registration is the core aim. Which the government announced for schools to be reopened to final year students in the country.
The President of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA), Alexander Danso. In an interview with Citi FM monitored by Georgeweb.org said. “The students were to be in school to do their revision and sit for the exams,”
He expressed worry that the students by this stage are being exposed to more risk of contracting the killer virus.
The President speaking in the interview asked that “Those who are coming to do the registration, have they been tested? Are they COVID-19 free? We have to take into consideration all these things”
“But if you don’t consult us and you don’t do anything and you say you are going to register the students. Then is that why they brought them to the school? That is not part of it, ” he added.
However, the Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday in a statement copied to Georgeweb.org said. It will today Friday, July 10, and July 11 commence a registration exercise for eligible and qualified students in SHSs.
Also, the Commission indicated that the exercise will take place in all Senior High Schools. That do not have polling stations within them.
The EC additional days will be communicated to the general public. Particularly Senior High schools if it becomes necessary. Which will help to ensure that all eligible voters are duly registered.
According to the EC, all eligible and qualified Senior High School Students who are 18 years and above can participate in the voter’s exercise with either a National Identity Card (Ghana Card) or a Ghana Passport.
It however said in absence of these two documents eligible students can use two guarantors who have already registered as voters to guarantee.
The Electoral Commission says it will put adequate measures in place to ensure that all COVID-19 safety protocols outlined by the government are strictly adhered to as students and registration officials lives matter to them.