John Dramani Mahama, National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, has suspended his tour of some of the country’s voter registration centres.
Mahama cut short his tour about what he believed to be “the very low awareness among the public about the COVID-19 protocols like physical distance and mask wearing.”
“This afternoon I cut short my unannounced visit to some of Accra and Tema’s voter registration centres. This is because of the # COVID19 protocols’ very low awareness like physical distancing and mask wearing, “he wrote on his Facebook page.
John Mahama has therefore called for an improved education among the general public on coronavirus disease and its health protocols.
“We need to step up public education on COVID-19 so people can appreciate the guidelines for reducing risk,” he said.
Registration exercise for the electorate has usually been progressing smoothly.
However, the main problem that seems to run through most of the country’s registration centers is the inability of the public to follow the procedure of social distancing.
For this cause, the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) is calling on President Akufo-Addo to subpoena the EC and the Ghana Police Service over the lack of adherence to the preventive measures COVID-19.
The inability of the EC and the Police Service to act is the result, according to the Office, of non-compliance with social distancing and the other safety rules.
Despite numerous doubts, nevertheless, the EC maintains that the situation has improved when opposed to before and that constructive steps have been taken to ensure that the protocol on social distancing is universally adhered to at each centre.
In an interview with Citi News, the Commission’s Head of Public Affairs, Sylvia Annor said registrants will be required to form queues appropriately, including ensuring that the COVID-19 protocols are not infringed.
She also said registration officers assigned to the different centers are making marks on the floor which will ensure social distance.