Election Governing Body Gains Support of all Shades of Opinion in Voter Roll Recompilation Effort
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, Mrs. Jean Mensa has revealed that there are names of more than one million dead people still on the country’s existing voters’ register. This, according to her, necessitates the compilation of a new register for the December 2020 polls.
Speaking to the leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at a public forum in Accra last weekend, the EC’s boss said keeping the existing voters’ register with such issues could create room for manipulation.
Mrs. Mensa used the forum, which was organized by the TUC in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a German non-governmental organization, to ask all stakeholders to support the exercise, reiterating the commission’s position that the compilation of a new register remained the surest way of delivering a free, transparent and credible election.
She also disclosed that the fingerprints on the old biometric system were poorly done and that could cause electoral hindrances that undermine the EC’s constitutional mandate of organizing credible and transparent elections.
“Names and finger prints of citizens are likely to be missed from the register which the EC is not ready to risk, therefore, the EC is following its constitutional mandate to conduct credible and peaceful elections”, the EC Chair stated.
Meanwhile, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party which had earlier gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the EC’s decision to compile a new voters’ register has gone back to amend its argument. The party, through its legal representative (counsel), Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, opted to withdraw the request seeking to bar the EC from compiling a new register and rather pursue the exclusion of the existing voter’s ID card as proof of identity for registration in the intended new voters’ register.
The EC on June 9, presented a Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) that will allow it to compile a new voters’ register with new requirements for the country’s December general elections to Parliament, which was approved by a majority vote of 106 against 92.
The approval by the Legislature of the EC’s C.I.126 followed a 31-page written legal argument presented to the Supreme Court by the Elections Governing body in defense of its position to compile a new voters’ register that will be used for the December 7 polls.