Explainer: Why the EC wants to introduce a new voters’ register for 2020

Explainer: Why the EC wants to introduce a new voters’ register for 2020

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has vehemently rejected the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register for the upcoming 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

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According to the party, which is a key stakeholder in Ghana’s electoral process, it does not support the proposal for the new register because the EC has not given enough reason and grounds for it.

The NDC does not endorse the proposal to develop a new voter register to replace the existing new. We do not support the compilation of a new voter register because there is not enough grounds for it,” the NDC said in a statement.

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The opposition party also noted that for a new voters’ register to be created the current one should be at least 10-years-old.

But the Electoral Commission has also explained that the current system is weak and outdated hence the need to compile a new register before the 2020 polls.

The EC’s director of electoral service, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe in an interview with Joy News said the current biometric system the Commission is having is faced with challenges and must be updated.

The EC also explained that with the current register, a lot fingers of Ghanaians will not be recognized by the biometric system during the 2020 elections.

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A lot of people’s fingers are failing to be recognised so with the new one that we want to introduce, we will add facial recognition, so that if the fingers fail we can use the face to verify,” Dr Serebour Quaicoe said.

But the NDC is also alleging the EC wants to compile the new voters’ register to deliberately disenfranchise some people.

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The Electoral Commission however, is requesting for a whooping ¢444,846,663 to enable it compile a register that will ensure a clean and fair electoral system.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a total of 45 High Court and Appeal Court judges have been sworn into office by President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on Tuesday, December 17.

The break down of the numbers are - thirty-four (34) High Court Judges and eleven (11) Court of Appeal Judges.

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