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EC limited registration suffers network problem

Poor internet connectivity at the designated centers on Monday has led to the delay of the Electoral Commission (EC) limited registration exercise in the Tamale Metropolis and the Sagnarigu municipality. EC officials were clueless on what to do while people who attained the voting age (18) queued to have their names on the EC’s register.

As at about 11.00 am Monday morning, registration was yet to start at the Tamale metro office of the EC. Checks by Zaa news’ team during a visit to the Tamale Metro EC office saw hundreds of people queuing and waiting for the process to start but there was no internet service.

When our team managed to get the Deputy Regional Director of EC, Abiem Danso on phone to ascertain the reason for the delay, he indicated that the problem was general in all districts across the country.

However, he said a direction has been given to them to go on with the registration with what he called “the offline method”.

When asked about the difference between the online and offline registration, he explained that with the online, the information goes directly to the electoral commission’s data system but with the offline system, the information has to be saved on a storage device.

The electoral commission is undertaking the limited registration exercise to register persons who were not able to register at the last registration due to certain reasons as well as persons who have just attained 18 years.

The exercise was scheduled to start on the 17th of June till the 27th of July, 2019 at EC district offices across the country.

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