Dennis Peprah, GNA
Sunyani, Aug. 31, GNA – Additional 201 electoral areas are to be created in the Brong-Ahafo Region to make the electoral areas 967 for both local and national elections, Mr Frank Nunoo, a Deputy Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC) announced on Thursday.
Currently, the region has 766 electoral areas spread in 29 districts and municipalities and if created, the electoral areas are expected to take effect in the next District level Assembly Elections in 2019.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting mainly attended by representatives from political parties and the media in Sunyani, Mr Nunoo said the EC was in active engagements with key stakeholders such as the traditional authorities and district assemblies to determine the naming of the new electoral areas.
He said the proposed new electoral areas would be submitted to parliament, adding that there was also the possibility of re-aligning some of the electoral areas.
In a breakdown, Mr Nunoo said four new areas were to be created in Asunafo South, Asunafo north-10, Asutifi South- eight, Asutifi North-13, Tano North-seven, Sunyani Municipal-five, Sunyani West—seven, Dormaa Municipal-10 and Dormaa West-five.
Dormaa East-five, Berekum-four, Jaman South-six, Banda-six, Tain-eight, Jaman North-four, Wenchi-10, Techiman-11, KIntampo North-11, Kintampo South-11, Nkoranza North-10, Nkoranza South-eight, Atebubu-Amantin-seven, Pru East-6, Pru West-seven, Sene East-six, Sene West-seven, and Techiman North-five.
No new electoral area would be created in Tano South Municipality.
On the proposed creation of the new Bono East and Ahafo Regions, Mr Nunoo said the regional office of the commission had received Voter Management Systems (VMS) from other regional offices of the EC and deployed to areas where the referendum would be held in December.
Mr Charles Damoah, also as Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the EC said when created the new Bono East region is expected to comprised 16 districts and municipalities whilst Ahafo Region would have six districts and Municipalities.
He said a limited registration exercise would soon be open at the referendum areas to enable people who had attained 18 years to register and participate during the referendum, adding the exercise would be done online.