Dozens of people disqualified in Asuogyaman for not passing the residency exam, Pius goes crazy

Regional News for Friday, May 24, 2024



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Dozens of suspected non-residents who were bussed to Asuogyaman constituency in the Eastern Region from the Volta Region for registration have been disqualified by the District Registration Review Committee of the Electoral Commission.

These individuals were unable to prove their residency as they were unable to identify important landmarks or provide relevant information about the communities in which they claimed to reside.

The disqualified applicants were mainly questioned by agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who suspected that the individuals were not genuine residents but had been transported to the area to register.

The committee disqualified some 23 applicants and confiscated their voter identification cards, sparking outrage from New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate Pius Enam Hadzide.

Hadzide, who is also the executive director of the National Youth Authority, accused the committee chairman, Nana Asare Akowua (III), a Krontihene of Akwamu traditional area, and other members of the committee, including the police, of bias and bribery.

These accusations were not taken lightly, leading to the committee summoning Pius Enam Hadzide.

Pius Hadzide later apologized for his comments, stating that he had made the accusations in jest.

Registration of new voters began on May 7, 2024 and is scheduled to end on May 27, 2024.

Despite calls for an extension of the exercise due to challenges encountered during the early stages of registration, Mr Samuel Tettey, EC Vice President in charge of Operations, said the 21-day period allocated for the exercise is sufficient.

He noted that while there were large queues at some registration centers during the first week, the numbers have dropped significantly, indicating that many qualified applicants willing to register have been captured.

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