Stranded Ghanaians abroad to be registered when borders reopen – EC hints

Every Ghanaian enters the country latest by October 2020 would still be registered onto the voters’ register though the whole exercise has come to an end, the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has said.

President Akufo Addo closed Ghana’s borders as one of the measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 some months ago.

“Our border, by air, land and sea, remains closed until further notice for human traffic. However, given that there are Ghana residents stranded abroad, special dispensation is going to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana, where they will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols”, the President was quoted to have said.

But speaking on Kessben FM in Kumasi monitored by Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC),Dr . Serebour Quaicoe confirmed that all Ghanaians locked up in foreign countries will get the chance to be registered.

“We have now till October to compile names of those locked up in other countries. If the ban on borders is lifted or in case any of them is able to get his way through the country, we will register them” Dr. Serebour Quaicoe said.

He also noted that, “after the stranded Ghanaians who just came from Lebanon have successfully gone through the 14 days quarantine, we will register them upon their request”.

The EC argued that, by law , the voter registration can be closed 60 days to elections hence their decision to register Ghanaians outside who may wish to return home.

Since the closure of the borders, government has successfully evacuated its citizens who got stranded in foreign countries.

Recently the government began the evacuation of its nationals who were injured and left stranded in Lebanon following this month’s explosions at the Beirut port.

Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Charles Owiredu said the government has already flown 500 people home. Another 1,500 Ghanaians remain in Lebanon expecting to be evacuated while the EC will continue to register them onto the voters’ register.

Source: My News GH

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