The former Executive Director of Danquah Institute Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has disclosing that, the Electoral Commission has compiled new voter’s register for four (4) times since Ghana gained independence. But out of those exercises, the credible, cleanest and entirely new voter’s register was compiled only under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of former president John Agyekum Kufour in 2004 after he won the 2000 presidential elections.
“The EC has compiled an entirely new register four times for 4th Republican elections. 2004 was the only time that such an exercise was done under an NPP president, J A Kufuor. And, it was hailed as probably the cleanest register of them all.”
According to the Owner/Publisher at the New Statesman Newspaper Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, there were rumours that, the voter’s register used for the 2000 general elections which brought the New Patriotic Party into office was bloated. He noted that, the claimed was proved right because, after the 2000 election, there was a significant reduction in the roll of the new voter’s register compiled in 2004 by the NPP in comparison.
“Prior to that, like today, it had been widely speculated that the register used for the 2000 contest (won by the NPP) was bloated. The new register in 2004 proved this because it was the only period that after the new roll was compiled, the number of people on Ghana’s electoral roll actually reduced in size in comparison to the previous one.” He explained.
In detailing, the Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Global Dynamic Consult Ltd, said “with an annual population growth rate around 2.2% or so, it is expected that every new or revised register should see the number of people on the roll greater than the previous list. But not in 2004!”
“Let us look again. The 2008 register of voters was, for example, 54.5% of the total population. In fact, the 2004 register, arguably the cleanest of them all, was, at 49.5% of the population, smaller in both actual numbers (10,354,970) and percentages than the 2000 voters register, which had 10,700,252 names, representing 55.5% of the population then!” He argued.
He further alleged that, aside all the inconsistencies, some constituencies have find their way out to register extremely excess voters into the voter’s register hence, the need for a new register ahead of the 2020 December polls. In addition, he argued out that, the 2004 register compiled by NPP was the only credible record Ghana can boast of, hence there is no need to worry about EC’s plan towards a new voter’s register.
“Nevertheless, some constituencies still managed to register in excess of 20% growth in their voters registers. Don’t blame me. Check for yourself! In any event, the records show that the only time an entirely new register was compiled by the EC under an NPP government, Ghana ended up with a more credible roll. So, why worry? Perhaps, I’m just a little naive… missing the small print.” He stated.