Since the announcement of a new voter’s register compilation by the Electoral Commission of Ghana, it seems all is not well with majority of Ghanaians, civic society groups, think tanks, especially the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The controversial new voter’s register has generated series of debate among the Ghanaian populace both in Ghana and abroad. A situation which led to the invitation of one Mr. Bernard Mornah by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to assist in investigation in connection with a statement he made against the EC’s decision to compile a new register, a court suit filed by the NDC at the Supreme Court against EC, etc. and the subject order by the seven member panel of the Court, presided over by the Chief Justice , Justice Anin Yeboah asking the Electoral Commission (EC ) to provide the legal basis why it has refused to accept the existing voters’ identification card as a form of identification in the upcoming mass voters registration exercise.
Speaking on the issue, the former president of Ghana, a founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) H.E Jerry John Rawlings has said, the constitutional institution like the Electoral Commission has been manipulated and controlled by carefully executing an agenda to disenfranchise innocent Ghanaians during the December 7 general elections in the name of a new voter’s register. According to him, the EC has failed to listen to the opposition NDC.
“Constitutional bodies like the Electoral Commission, who seemingly are being manipulated and controlled by carefully executing a grand design to hoodwink the entire citizenry with their intended new voter registration without listening to the major opposition party, the NDC” He said.
Speaking at the virtual durbar to mark the 41st anniversary of the June 4 uprising on Thursday, June 4, 2020, the former president noted that, the Electoral Commission of Ghana is the pivot of the Ghana’s multiparty democracy system and must be strengthen and empowered to function in order to ensure free and fair electoral processes and violent free society.
“The Electoral Commission which is the fulcrum of our multiparty democracy must be supported and protected by all stakeholders; to ensure a free and fair election and a peaceful society.” He added.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission of Ghana has earlier conducted a two-days piloting exercise across its sixteen (16) regional offices ahead of the mass new voter’s register exercise.
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