-The Electoral Commission (EC) says it would begin compiling the new voters' register for the December 2020 elections in April
The Commission added that it hopes to end the exercise by the end of May
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Despite the massive demonstration in the Ashanti region against the proposed new voters' register, the Electoral Commission (EC) says it would begin compiling the new register for the December 2020 elections in April.
The Electoral Commission added that it hopes to end the exercise by the end of May.
The Director of Electoral Services, Dr Serebour Quaicoe, made this known in a radio interview with Accra-based Starr FM on Monday, January 20, 2020.
“We want to start by mid-April and by the end of May we would have finished,” he said.
The EC has said it was planning to procure a new biometric voter management system (BVMS) and compile the new voters' register since the current system is outdated.
While some 13 political parties led by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have thrown their weight behind the EC for the new BVMS and compilation of the new register, the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voters Register made up of six political parties led by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has kicked against it.
Meanwhile, the EC says the procurement of the new BVMS and compiling of a new register will save the country GH₵173.07 million, compared to upgrading the current system.
In other news, scores of Ghanaians have come together to demonstrate against the proposed new voters' registration exercise.
The demonstration against the new voters' register was championed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The party together with members from other political parties joined the NDC bigwigs and some of their members to demonstrate against the said voters' register which according to them was of no use.
The protesters were spotted clad in red attires and headbands holding placards and singing along to different songs including the famous Mahama paper by Shatta Wale.
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