Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has voiced his concerns regarding the ongoing limited voters registration exercise conducted by the Electoral Commission (EC) in Ghana.
Ablakwa criticized the EC’s chairperson, Jean Mensa, for what he perceives as her inconsistent stance, hypocrisy, and lack of principles on the matter.
The MP referred to Mensa’s previous position on the issue during her tenure as the head of the governance think tank, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
To support his claims, Ablakwa cited online articles from Modern Ghana and GhanaWeb, which highlighted Mensa’s alleged shifting position.
He pointed out that in 2016, when the EC was led by Charlotte Osei, Mensa, then the head of the IEA, and the National Peace Council advocated for a two-week extension of the limited registration exercise before the general elections.
At that time, Mensa emphasized the need to expand the registration process and provide more opportunities for people to register.
Ablakwa highlighted the disparity between the 2016 exercise, which had over 6,000 registration points based on electoral areas, and the current limited registration exercise, which has a significantly lower number of registration points.
These comments were made by Ablakwa during his appearance on the September 15 episode of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana program.
The ongoing limited voters registration exercise has sparked debates and protests from various electoral stakeholders in Ghana, with concerns raised about its adequacy and accessibility.