Doubts about the EC’s preparedness for elections

Doubts about the EC’s preparedness for elections

The date for the 2016 general elections has become a puzzle, as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is unhappy about the timing of a law that seeks to change the date of general elections from December to November.

According to the NPP, the Electoral Commission must follow international best practices and shelve the proposal on the election timetable.

Electoral management bodies the world over do not want to make laws less than six months to elections,” campaign manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu said.

Meanwhile Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have also raised concerns about the EC’s readiness to conduct the general elections in November this year.

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Deputy director of the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana, Franklin Oduro, has noted that the EC has done little to show their preparedness for the elections in the four months time.

While we support the amendment process, we also are a bit concerned if it [proposed date] goes through this year, the Electoral Commission will be able to undertake the exercise in November. Recent court cases that have involved the Electoral Commission and some of the activities planned that they [EC] are going to do may also affect the planning," said Mr Oduro.

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He added that, it is important that we don’t put undue pressure on the Electoral Commission.

The Electoral Commission is pushing for a change in Ghana's general election timetable from December 7 to November 7 every four years. The EC hopes this will allow more time for a run-off if the leading candidate fails to garner a 50-plus-one vote for an outright victory.

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