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EXHIBITION of the voters register got off on a low key note in centres visited around the country.
The first day of the exercise coincided with church services across the country. By 11 a.m, only 11 and seven voters respectively had visited the Faith Community Baptist School Centre A and B polling stations in the Madina-Abokobi Constituency in the Ga East District to check on their voter data, reports Caroline Boateng.
Fifteen voters had checked their details at the Mora International Preparatory School at the Madina District Police Station by mid-day, while 31 voters had checked their details at the Nima Roman Catholic School (St Kizito) polling station in the Ayawaso East District as at 2. 40 p.m. when the Daily Graphic got there.
Generally the exhibition exercise started on a peaceful note and no voter had challenged the eligibility of any person to vote.
At all the polling stations visited, two registers were exhibited, the list of voters for 2006 and the recent registration list, that is, the one for 2008.
At the St Kizito polling station, the exhibition officer, Mr John Kofi Adjoda, said only two people had had their names not appearing in the register, although the number on their cards suggested their names had to appear in the register for the polling station.
He said the two were new voters so the non-inclusion of their names in the register could be an oversight that could easily be corrected.
Apart from that, Mr Adjoda reported that voters had been trickling in to check on their details in the register, although he had expected a good turn out because it was a Sunday.
Mr Kwesi Tough Asiedu, the exhibition officer at the Madina Police Station, also reported a slow start of the exhibition exercise, which opened at 7 a.m.
Messrs Kofi Agbeli and Emmanuel Osei Gyansah Jnr of the Faith Community Baptist School Centre A and B respectively also reported a slow start at the polling station located at a school that also served as the worship place for some members of the Baptist Church.
On the slow pace of the exercise, the exhibition officers attributed it partly to the fact that most people were at church and partly to the attitude of most Ghanaians who always waited until the last minute before they hurriedly did what was expected of them.
DAILY GRAPHIC, MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2008, PG 66