Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority leaders has called for the support of new reforms in the Electoral Commission that will improve the work efficiency of the work of the commission.
Mr Iddrisu was addressing parliament on Thursday, when he said, "Mr. Speaker, it is also important that I join colleagues in commending the Electoral Commission. No matter what the challenges were, no matter the comments that we all made, we conducted [a] successful presidential and parliamentary election in December 2016."
The outcome of that election is a new government based on the exercise of the sovereign rule of the people of Ghana and a new parliament properly constituted. Therefore no matter what the challenges are, they deserve our commendation for organizing free, fair and credible elections," he added.
According to a report on Citifmonline.com, the minority leader further indicated that it was necessary for the commission to update its data collection system, citing the incident with the delay in results declaration during the 2016 election period.
He urged the commission to seek more advanced technological systems to improve transparency in the electoral process.
Mr Iddrisu further asked that a decision be taken as to the appropriate time amount of time to be allocated to declare the final results of an election.
"In times past, the problem was whether results from Afram Plains had come or whether results from another deprived part of the country, maybe Asunafo or others had come. But whatever it is in the world of technology, we should come to a consensus as country as to the time period allowed for the declaration of the results," he stated.
Following the 2016 general elections, the Electoral Commission chaired by Madam Charlotte Osei received high praise for their exceptional work.
On December 9th, 2016, Charlotte Osei came out to declare the New Patriotic Party winners of the general elections, earning a resounding victory of over 1 million votes over the National Democratic Congress.