Boredom ate up most of the officers at the various electoral voter registration exhibition centres as the 10-day verification exercise witnessed a very slow start at the weekend.
For many of the places The Finder visited in Kumasi on Saturday and by midmorning Sunday, the total attendants to the centres were less than 20.
The centres were bereft of queues and for most of the places the political parties, who were ordinarily expected to be present, did not even have representatives there.
Some officers had placed their heads on their tables, others had plugged in earphones or read story books.
They gave various reasons why the exercise has failed to whip up enthusiasm of voters.
At the Kumasi Polytechnic, Rebecca Acheampong suggested that the electioneering campaigns may have taken the attention of the public from the exercise.
She revealed that only 42 out of the 1,500 who registered there had gone through the process by the time of closing on Saturday.
The situation appeared worse on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), which hosts a number of polling stations.
At both the Unity and Republic Hall polling stations, five people verified their registration on the whole of Saturday and one each had verified as at 9am on Sunday.
The officer at the Unity Hall Polling Station, Mr Harrison Obeng, said the situation could result from the fact that a lot of students who registered there might have completed school.
Others, he said, are complaining that they left their registration cards at home, mostly areas relatively far from Kumasi.
His colleague at the Republic Hall Polling Station, Richard Fosu, was hopeful that as the new week begins a lot of the people would go through the process. About 1,200 people have registered there.
At the Great Hall Polling Station, also on the same campus, where nearly 2,500 people are expected to verify their registration there, only about 25 people had done so as at the time of filing this report on Sunday.
The officer there, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said all verification exercises have always been so.
What is happening is therefore no surprise to her, but she encouraged the public to start showing interest in such exercises in other to avoid controversies going forward.
Source: The Finder
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