The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has petitioned the Electoral Commission to extend the date of the end of the biometric registration exercise till the end of May.
The group made this call to, according to them, give their colleagues who are saddled with academic work the opportunity to have their votes counted in the choosing of their constituency Members of Parliament (MP) and the next President of the Republic.
According to a statement issued by NUGS, a large number of students in tertiary institutions are currently writing their end of semester exams therefore making it difficult for them to leave their books and go through the registration exercise.
The Biometric Registration Exercise which is supposed to last for 40 days, started in March 24 and is due to end on May 12. But NUGS believes that “the Electoral Commission will extend the exercise thereby giving us the chance to exercise our political and constitutional mandate”.
The group also asked the EC to clarify the issue on whether voter transfer will be permitted since some people registered in a particular centre and they would want to transfer to their home village.
NUGS congratulated the Electoral Commission and its Registration Officer across the country for their conduct thus far which has injected some energy into the body politic of our democratic country. By your actions, the exercise though has seen many faces some sordid and some more blissful, we are moving as a nation.
Nii Ogbamey Tetteh/Ghanareporters