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Ghana BVR on track

Less than a month into Ghana’s biometric voters’ registration (BVR) exercise, 8 million voters have been registered – ahead of the 6.5 million target for this timeframe.

The Ghana Electoral Commission says this is an indication that there will be no need to extend the BVR period beyond the 5 May cut-off, despite concerns and technical glitches and delays at some registration stations initially.

The Chairman of the EC, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, admitted that there had been some challenges with the BVR process, but said: "We are sure there is still enough time for Ghanaians to register."

To date, around 4000 duplicate registrations have been detected and around 3 829 people have had their applications challenged. An applicant may be challenged on the grounds that he or she is not a Ghanaian citizen, is below 18 years, is not resident of a locality, is not of sound mind, is previously registered or is not the person he or she claims to be.

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