Akufo-Addo finally publicly backs EC’s decision to compile new voters’ register

Akufo-Addo finally publicly backs EC’s decision to compile new voters’ register

- Nana Addo says the EC's decision to compile a new register makes a lot of sense

- The Electoral Commission says the country needs a fresh Biometric Voter Management System (BVMS) to conduct the 2020 elections

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has described the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register as a sensible one.

Speaking at a meeting with the Ghanaian community in Oslo, Norway, Akufo-Addo backed the EC’s plan to compile a new register ahead of the December 7 polls.

He opined that, the Electoral Commission’s move is in line with the mandate and best practices.

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The EC is going to compile a new register. It appears there is now an eight-year cycle for the EC to compile a register. They did so in 2012 and 2004. So with these last three including this one are all in the eight-year cycle. I think it makes a lot of sense. The national census itself is done on a ten-year basis.”

So it makes sense that we keep up the EC to admit new people, take out all those who have died, etc. Their intention is to begin in April. We want everybody in Ghana who can vote to register. It’s important that we all exercise our civic duty to go and vote in December and choose the government that we want,” he noted.

The has been serious debate on whether or not Ghana needs a new voters’ register. The decision by the EC to go ahead with the compilation has divided political parties and civil society groups in the country.

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Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission has also argued that the compilation of the new register will save Ghana some money and ultimately give a clean and fair election results.

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According to the EC, the old biometric devices or systems are obsolete and have to be replaced to ensure and clean and fair elections.

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The news of the scandal at the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) Secretariat has led many Ghanaians sharing their experiences with the scheme on social media.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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