A Governance and political analyst, also a lecturer at Kesben University college, kumasi, has advised the Electoral Commission (EC) to fully involve the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and other key stakeholders in all the processes concerning the voters’ register to avoid any misunderstanding and confusions which will cause chaos in this 2020 general elections.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 29th September, 2020, the Eminent Person expressed the hope that the EC would provide an enabling environment where all critical stakeholders would be able to engage in the processes to avoid suspicions.
According to the political analyst, Mr. OSEI-POKU Samuel, said, the EC should therefore welcome any complaints emanating from any political party and assuage their fears of disenfranchising any registered voter.
In an interview with Appia Kubi on Tain FM Anɔpa Nkɔmɔ, he appealed to all Ghanaians, especially the political parties, to assist the EC in any way they can to facilitate a smooth run of the election processes.
“I believe that the voter exhibition exercise was to identify and correct mistakes in the voter register, the complaints by the National Democratic Congress, as well as the response by the Electoral Commission of the seemingly large numbers of registrants, who cannot find their names on the preliminary voters list should connect to simple understanding”, he stated.
“By law, the Electoral Commission is required to publish the voter register, so that electors can confirm that they have been included, and that their details are correct. This stage, offers an opportunity to correct entries and to challenge the exclusion of eligible, and inclusion of any ineligible persons, before the EC publishes the ‘certified’ voter register”, he added.
Additionally, the EC must fully involve IPAC and other key stakeholders in all the processes to avoid situations that we are witnessing at this time when the election is so close.
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