EC Asked To Validate Registered Voters

Jacob Osei-Yeboah, who contested the 2012 presidential election as an independent candidate, has sternly warned the Electoral Commission (EC) to avoid bias and act professionally in order to help sustain peace in the country, asking the Commission to validate registered voters.

Ghana, he stated, is at crossroads currently in its democratic journey and therefore any blunder or inefficiency on the part of the EC could cause confusion which every Ghanaian doesn’t want.

He therefore tasked the EC, particularly Charlotte Osei, the new EC Chairperson, to ensure that the voter register is credible so that all stakeholders, notably political parties, would have confidence in the electoral body.

In this regard, Mr. Osei-Yeboah strongly proposed that the EC should immediately embark on a nationwide voter validation exercise, which would make it possible for the EC to know the exact number of people who are dead and those who are still alive.

He stressed the need for the exercise since it would allow the EC to properly clean the existing voter register, saying “most of the people are calling for new voter register but if the EC can’t provide it for now at least the existing register should be thoroughly cleaned.”

Mr. Osei-Yeboah disclosed this during the official launch of the ‘Peace Advocacy Campaign 2016,’ which Christ Clergy Council International (CCC,) an NGO, formed to help make the upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls successful.

The event, which was under the theme, ‘Ghana Should Not Burn Before, During and After 2016 General Election,’ was attended by several Christian and Muslim groupings, who pledged to make this year’s polls peaceful.

Chief Apostle Isaac Attorah, Chairman of CCC International said “there is only one Ghana and the populace must play leading roles in order to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful manner, devoid of bloodbath and destruction of properties.

He said CCC International, whose membership are mainly ordained ministers of God, was formed in 2012 and “they have since that time visited schools, churches, mosques, lorry parks and markets to educate the people to live in peace and we shall do same this year too.”

Sariki Akpala, Muslim Youth Chief of Aboabo, a densely populated Muslim area in Kumasi, promised that he and his elders would support CCC International so that the youth in Zongo communities would not be exploited by politicians to cause trouble during the polls.

Mr. Pollux, Head of ‘Machomen for Good and Justice,’ on his part, stated that his group of muscularly-built men would support the commendable work of CCC International so as to ensure that ballot box snatching by machomen would not occur during the polls.

Mohammed Issah, PRO for Kumasi Central Mosque, stated that Islam is a religion of peace, stressing that people, who inflict pain on other people in the name of Islam, are not true Muslims, adding that his outfit would also work assiduously to make the polls peaceful.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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