The Electoral Commission (EC) has registered a total of 16,663,669 prospective voters at the end of the nationwide Voters Register Exercise.
Dr Bossman Eric Asare, Deputy Chairman in charge of Corporate Services,EC, who announced this at the Commission’s, “Let the Citizen Know” series in Accra, said the figure was provisional.
He said “four top regions” had maintained their positions, but the Greater Accra region lost some grounds in percentage terms from 21.34 per cent to 20.8 per cent of the total registered with the Ashanti Region also going down marginally by 0.1 per cent to its current 17.9 per cent.
The Deputy Chairman said both the Eastern and the Central regions maintained their previous 9.6 per cent and 9.3 percent respectively, while the Western, Western North, Upper West, Northern, and Upper East regions saw an increase in percentage terms.
He said the Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Oti, North East, and Savanna regions also maintained their percentages, while the Volta region reduced in percentage terms.
The Deputy Commissioner said the objective of ensuring a credible register was on track and that with an estimated population of 31 million, a voter population between 50 to 55 per cent of the total population for a country in sub-Saharan Africa was acceptable.
“At the current rate, and after the registration is completed and the register is certified taking into consideration the de-duplication process, we may have around 53 per cent of the population in the register.
“According to the Ghana Statistical Service’s estimates, Ghanaians who are at least 18 years are 17,624,686, which is approximately 57 per cent of the estimated population of almost 31 million. This means the numbers we register are well within the threshold of those who qualify to vote”.
He said the Commission was pleased with the process and was looking forward to the cooperation of all stakeholders for the success of the 2020 electioneering activities.