Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the voters’ register will continue to be plagued by errors if data development in the country was not improved.
“The registration of minors, names of dead persons and aliens will continue to be on the register primarily because of low level of data development in the country”, he was quoted as saying by ultimate1069.com.
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that those who used National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as identification to be captured on the voters’ register should have their names struck off, Asiedu Nketia expressed the view that the other modes of identification were also not credible and that they could not guarantee fairness.
This, he said, was because many non-Ghanaians were known to possess driver’s license, birth certificates and other documents which, according to him, could be used as basis to be captured on the register.
The NDC and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have accused each other of bloating the voters’ register during the Electoral Commission (EC)’s limited voters’ registration.
But Asiedu Nketia, according to the report, is of the view that the political parties need to work together to produce a more credible register for the November polls.