EC’s commitment to cleaning of register questionable – CODEO

National Coordinator of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), Albert Arhin, has questioned the preparedness of the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct the clean-up of the voters register and get rid of ghost names and double registrations.

He said the posture of the EC in reaction to calls to conduct the clean-up of the voters register before the November election is a demonstration of its unpreparedness to conduct the exercise.

Arhin was speaking on Joy News in reaction to the Commission’s pilot biometric registration which is commencing on Saturday, March 12.

He said the EC has to give the road map by which the over 600,000 names of dead persons would be cleaned from the voters register.

He berated the EC for its poor way of communicating to the public adding that it has failed to carry along the political parties in its activities.

“I think it is fair that the entire population is made aware of the EC’s plans,” he said.

However, the acting Director of Public Affairs of the EC, Christian Owusu Parry, has said the Commission is working with a timetable and would not alter it for any reason.

Parry said the Commission has scheduled a time by which such exercise would be done and said repeated calls to conduct the clean-up of the register is misplaced.

According to him, the EC intends to use the scheduled exhibition of voters register to conduct the cleaning of the register.

Mr. Parry advised the public to allow the Commission to follow its timetable in order to conduct a very successful exercise come November.

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