The Electoral Commission (EC) has proposed the creation of 178 new electoral areas in the Northern Region in addition to the existing 705 electoral areas
The Northern Regional Director of the EC,
The meeting last Thursday, August 30, 2018, brought together representatives of the various political parties, chiefs, assembly members, the various associations of persons with disability (PWDs), the media, among other interested groups.
Need for new electoral areas
He stated further that the factors considered for the creation of the electoral areas included the size of the population of the area, land size, geographical location (distance),
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He added that the
“The creation of the electoral area is to make the administration of local governance easy. It is not a matter of population size only but distance and also to enable the local people
The Northern Regional Director of the EC used the occasion to throw light on the upcoming activities of the EC which included the limited voter registration exercise, which is meant for those who have attained age 18 to get their names on the register, the voter register exhibition that would be held in the areas where the proposed two new regions are to be created, which will be carved out of the Northern Region, and a referendum to be held in these areas.
On the limited registration exercise, Mr Bano-Bioh cautioned political parties and residents against presenting people who were not qualified to register (such as minors) and also bussing people who already had their names in the register to register again, adding that those engaged in double or multiple
“Political parties should know that they are not helping people when they make them register twice. Such an act amounts to disenfranchising them and anybody who engages in double registration cannot also vote”, he stressed
The Deputy Northern Regional Director of the EC,