Coalition Pressures EC Over Voters’ Register

The Coalition of Free, Fair and Transparent Elections has signaled its readiness to compel the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure that Ghana gets a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 general elections.

It has therefore called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to rally behind it in pressuring the EC not to take for granted the need for a new voters’ register for the country.

According to the coalition, ‘the intransigence of the electoral commissioner would still not stop the effort to ensure transparency within our electoral systems.’

The Coalition made this known in a press statement signed and released by its National President, Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie, National Organizer, Mohammed Mumuni and Deputy Organizer, Michael Ohene, and copied to the DAILY GUIDE on Tuesday.

It said it was necessary that the EC focuses on how best to compile a new register rather than state ‘falsely’ that a new register would cause conflict.

It would be recalled that the EC recently held a public forum to enable political parties and civil society make their submissions on whether or not the current voters’ register should be changed.

Even though the five-member panel that did the hearing have recessed to collate the various opinions expressed and to arrive at a conclusion as to the way forward, the Coalition expressed doubt as to whether the end result of the forum would lead to the compilation of a new register.

According to the Coalition ‘…it is all too clear that the Commissioner (Charlotte Osei) of the EC and her staff have adopted the approach that a new register is not necessary, and has potential to cause conflict.’

However, the Coalition for Free, Fair and Transparent Elections, in its statement does not share that view.

It said, ‘we believe that at all times, the EC should be proactive in ensuring that Ghana gets the very best of electoral systems, including a voters’ register made of Ghanaians and not the world at large.’

The Coalition has therefore appealed to like-minded members of the general public, particularly retired soldiers, police officers (retired), teachers, market women, nurses, immigration officers (retired), traders, students, and every single individual who shares in its quest for a credible and acceptable electoral system, to rally behind it (Coalition) in pressurizing the Electoral Commission for a new register.

‘In that direction, all who are interested in joining our ranks should call our national Organizer Mohammed Mumuni on 0244144108,’ it urged.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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