The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced that the arguments by some political parties led by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for a new voters’ register was not convincing.
The EC therefore has stated that the register would not be changed as had been advocated after studying the report of the independent panel on December 21, 2015.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by the commission and signed by its Public Affairs Director, Mr Christian Owusu-Parry, the panel tasked to look into the concerns and views of stakeholders on the register did not find the arguments for a new register convincing and therefore did not recommend the replacement of the current voters’ register.
The statement continued that, rather, the panel was of the view that the responsibility for having a clean and credible register was the shared responsibility of all citizens of Ghana.
The EC, therefore stated that it would like to advise the public having studied the report submitted by the panel as follows:
1. The Panel finds the arguments for a new register unconvincing and therefore does not recommend the replacement of the current voters’ register;
2. The Panel is of the view that the responsibility for having a clean and credible register is the shared responsibility of all citizens of Ghana;
3. The Electoral Commission accepts the recommendations of the Panel and will progressively implement the recommendations made therein;
4. The Electoral Commission will continue to engage stakeholders to ensure that a clean and credible voters’ register is in place for the 2016 general elections through an inclusive and collaborative audit process;
5. The Commission will publish the full report of the Panel on its website- www.ec.gov.gh by 7th January 2016 for the benefit of the public.
The commission further stated that it wish to inform the public that it has examined all the allegations and complaints made by the NPP on the voters’ register and has responded appropriately to the party. A copy of the findings of the commission into the claims made by the NPP will also be made available to the Public on the Commission’s website.
The commission also thanked the members of the Panel led by His Lordship VCRAC Crabbe, the Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and all stakeholders for the support and cooperation shown to it during the engagement.
The commission said they were committed to ensuring transparent, inclusive and credible general elections in 2016 to help sustain a democratic growth and stability in Ghana and wished all citizens of Ghana a blessed, peaceful and prosperous 2016.