EC’s Decision On Voters’ Register: Political Parties Reaction

EC’s Decision On Voters’ Register: Political Parties Reaction

Some political parties have expressed mixed reaction to the Electoral Commission’s  statement that calls for a new voters register were not convincing.

The EC upon recommendations by the five member committee set up to look into the petitions for a new voters register said the calls were “unconvincing.”

But the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has welcomed the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) not to compile a new register.

In an interview with Citi News, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, George Lawson, said the party has been vindicated.

“Once the EC say that they’ve accepted the recommendation, we will all have to abide by it and move on. They said they were not able to convince the panel and all those who were there. We said there should not be a new voter register, we have been vindicated. Our provision is the same thing that the panel said,” he said. Mr. Lawson added, “the only thing is that all hands be on deck for us to move this nation forward. This is an election year, so all of us must just by the report and go ahead.”

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Meanwhile, the Conventions People Party (CPP) in another breath says it is not happy with the decision of the Electoral Commission to reject demands to compile a new voters’register for the 2016 general elections.

According to the Youth Organiser of the party, Ernesto Yeboah, “it is not particularly a welcoming news, especially giving the rigorous engagement that we have had with the Electoral Commission, to the point of inviting us to a round table where we submitted the reasons why we believe that Ghana deserves a new voters’ register.”

Finally, The Let My Vote Count Alliance [the group that petitioned the EC for a new register]has described as bogus the report of a five member committee tasked by the Electoral Commission to interrogate the debate for a new voters' register.

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According to convener of the group, David Asante the report was biased, but they did not expect anything less.

He told Joy News they will be heading to court to overturn the decision by the committee.

"This is one of the greatest disappointments in our political history. However we can't complain much because we expected it to happen.

"We question the neutrality of the panel again because there were eminent and prominent members of that panel who had kicked against the creation of a new voters register.

"We from the very onset knew the committee will certainly do a biased job and they have proved as right," he said.

The Let My Vote Count Alliance as well as the New Patriotic Party were unanimous in their belief that the voters register in its current form was bloated.



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