The Electoral Commission has said its upcoming biometric registration exercise is set to face serious challenges following a decision by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to withdraw teacher participation in the exercise.
The GES had said it would not allow teachers to participate in the exercise because the move will destabilise the academic calendar. Majority of the electoral commission’s field staff are teachers and said the decision comes as a major blow to them.
The EC said it is currently planning a meeting with the GES to release teachers whose schedule would not be affected by joining the registration team. It said it will also explore other options including National Service Personnel and other qualified personnel for the exercise.
The acting Public Relations Officer of the EC, Christian Owusu Parry told Citi News: “We are at the moment getting in touch with the regional offices and the district offices to know how many teachers have been penciled down for deployment as registration officials. ”
“When the Commission has these statistics from the field, the commission would then decide on the way forward,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme has said it is on standby to assist the Electoral Commission in the exercise.
Source Citifmonline Ghana