Fishermen in Ghana against timing for new voter roll


Fishermen in four regions have stated that the April 2020-time period for the commencement of the voter registration exercise will not favour them, as that is the time for their fishing expeditions to Nigeria, Benin, Liberia, and Togo.

This they indicated would deny many fishers the opportunity to get onto the electoral register to gain the benefits of identity cards for business purposes and to exercise their franchise in the 2020 polls and beyond.

They have therefore appealed to the National Peace Council (NPC) to impress on the EC to rescind its decision and shift the registration to a different date in the year 2021.

Addressing a News conference at Elmina in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) municipality of the Central Region on Wednesday, Mr. John Quayson, spokesperson for the aggrieved fishermen in the Greater Accra, Volta, Central and Western Regions said they would do everything possible to ensure that fishermen were not side-lined in the imminent voter registration exercise.

“If the NPC and the EC fails to adhere to our humble request, we will have no option than to embark on sustained series of demonstrations in the coastal regions of Ghana.”

Source: GNA

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