April 3, 2017 By Elizabeth A. Kaine
National Coordinator of the Civil Right Coalition, Alphonso Manley, has raised concern over faulty registration machines, which he said was one of the reasons for the slow pace at which the process has been going on.
Alphonso Manley raised the above concern last Thursday in a presser held in the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communications.
“The voter registration centres that were provided by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) are not enough for the process to match up with the date slated for the completion of the exercise. We realised that there are problems with the charging of the machines. The snail-pace at which the process is going on has a potential to undermine the period given by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to complete the process. There is a need for extension of the time,” he said.
Giving updates on the ongoing registration process, he disclosed that 56,948 have registered in the North, 430,719 in the South, 253, 27 in the East and 213,228 in the Western Area, noting that the registered figure for the Western Area was alarming, because it has huge number of people than any other part of the country.
“NEC needs to increase the number of registration machines in the Western Area in order to ensure that the process moves faster. For the machines to scan ten fingers is very challenging. Because of this problem, a man had to spend more than 20 minutes to scan his 10 fingers at the St. Edwards School in my presence,” he claimed.
He added that the problems were evident in all the registration centres he visited.
He said most of the NEC staff were not qualified to handle the problems at the registration centres, adding that some communities have been volunteering to be charging the machines for the smooth running of the process.
Alphonso Manley also raised concern over the fact that preference was not given to persons with disabilities, lactating mothers, pregnant women and the aged.