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N/R: EC To Investigate Disregard for COVID-19 Protocols.

The Acting Director of the Electoral Commission in the Northern region Lucas Yiryei has revealed the Commission will investigate reports of wild spread disregard of  COVID-19 health protocols which includes keeping a two metre distance between participants at registration centres in the Northern region in the Day One of the nationwide exercise.

www.zamireports.com on the Tuesday June 30 reported the wild spread disregard for COVID-19 health protocols at many centres visited during the exercise. Reacting to the reports, the Ag. Director Lucas Yiryei indicated the Commission has directed all registration officers not to compromise on the COVID-19 health protocols.

“You must wear face mask before you enter the registration arena, wash your hands, they have to take your temperature, and we have stressed that these protocols must not be compromised”.

Mr. Yiryei told www.zamireports.com that the Commission will not risk the lives of Ghanaians during the registration exercise. He however indicated that some of the Veronica buckets received for distribution had challenges resulting in centres not enforcing the hand washing protocol while adding that other personal protective equipment have been supplied.

“The Veronica buckets had problems with the tap, some of the taps were blocked so we engaged a plumber to change the taps but we have provided all the centres with the liquid soap and hand sanitizers”

There were no security presence at all centres within the Tamale Metropolis and the Sagnearigu Municipality including the Bagabaga Demonstration Junior High School, SSNIT Zion Junior High School, and the Tamale Senior High School Old Assembly centres on the first day of the exercise.

Lucas Yiryei admitted the absence of security at centres but added,” the police have been dispatched and they will be guarding the centres including ensuring that participants adhere to all laid down protocols”.

The Ag. Director also indicated reports of wild spread disregard to the COVID-19 protocols will be investigated.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana on Tuesday June 30 commenced the phase one of the compilation of a new voters register ahead of the 2020 General Elections in Ghana. The 07:00 am to 06:00 pm exercise which will be held in five phases across the country is expected to end on August 6.

The phase one of the registrations is being held in 1,775 centres at sixteen (16) districts and municipalities in the Northern region.

By Amoateng Baah Michael|zamireports.com|Tamale.

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