US Gov't To Intervene In Voters' Register Stand-Off

US Gov't To Intervene In Voters' Register Stand-Off

The United States government has registered its resolve to intervene in the ongoing developments regarding the debate for the change of Ghana's electoral roll (voters' register) stating it is carefully monitoring the situation with keen eyes.

Addressing to the media at the ongoing Edward Murrow Journalists Program in Washington DC, US Ambassador to Ghana Robert Porter Jackson revealed his outfit was considering meeting up and deliberating with key political stakeholders over the way forward for Ghana's voters' register.

The comments by the US Ambassador-designate comes in the wake of seeming tensions between government, the electoral commission and opposition parties over the quest for the current voters' register to be changed as the main opposition New Patriotic Party reveals what it believes as evidence of the register been bloated with foreign nationals.

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Meanwhile the United States has revealed it is bent on ensuring that all general elections expected to be held in Ghana and Africa as a whole should be fair and transparent stating its resolve to intervene when need be.

In the meantime, a five-member body set up by the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to receive petitions and calls from some political parties, civil society groups and a number of Ghanaians for a new voters’ register has began hearing today.

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The panel is chaired by His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe. The rest of the panel members are Dr. Grace Bediako, a former Government Statistician and former member of the National Development Planning Commission; Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, a renowned computer scientist, Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Board of Directors, and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; Maulvi Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission of Ghana and Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana and Chairman of the National Peace Council.

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