- There will be a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 general elections, the Electoral Commission has said
- According to the EC, this was arrived at after a stakeholders meeting
The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana is set to compile a new voters register ahead of the 2020 general elections.
In a statement, the EC said a new voters register will be used for both the presidential and parliamentary elections 2020.
This was agreed during an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
“The Commission will compile a new voters register ahead of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections,” sections of the statement reads.
The call for a new voters became rife ahead of the 2016 general elections, with the then opposition NPP leading the charge.
While the then governing NDC maintained that it would be expensive to compile a new voters register, the NPP argued that the then existing voters’ register was flawed and called for it to be cleaned.
Meanwhile, other issues discussed at the IPAC meeting include preparations for the 2019 District Level Elections and Referendum.
Also, the inspection of political party offices and updates on the compliance of the political parties with audit requirements were discussed.
However, after extensive deliberations by the EC and IPAC, the following key decisions were made and adopted:
1. The District Level Elections and the Referendum will be conducted on the same day during the last quarter of 2019.
2. The Commission will undertake a Limited Registration of new voters’ prior to the District Level Elections and Referendum in May 2019. The registration will take place in all the District Offices of the Electoral Commission across the country.
3. The Commission will compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2010 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
4. The Commission will publish the time table and road map for the District Level Election, Referendum and other activities of the year in the 1st week of April 2019.
5. The inspection of offices of political parties is underway. A comprehensive report on the findings of inspection would be made available to stakeholders by the end of May 2019.
6. The Commission has published the report on the submitted Audited Accounts of the Political Parties. This appeared in the Daily Graphic on Thursday, 21st March, 2019. The Commission is preparing a draft Constitutional Instrument to regulate and streamline the format of Financial Returns and Audited Accounts of the Political Parties.
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