Lets Have A Fixed Day For Elections —NPP Man Urges Parliament

The first Vice-Chairman for the Asokwa branch of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP), Mr Akwannuasah Gyimah has asked both the legislature and the Electoral Commission to fix first Tuesday of November every election year as Election Day instead of 7th November.

”As a country I believe it is time for us to think outside the box and fix our election period on a day where it conflicts with no other recognized religious activity than to just fix it on November 7th”, Mr Gyimah said.

He was of the view that a time would come where the agreed November 7th date will fall on a Friday, a Saturday or on a Sunday which will conflict Muslims and Christian’s day of worshipping.

Speaking in an interview, he said, these days are serious worship days for the major religious groups and that it will make it difficult for majority to turn out to cast their vote.

He said that though he tabled his position to the CRC in its public engagements in Kumasi but his views at that time did not garner enough support for its entrenchment in the eventual proposals and recommendation by the Commission.

The NPP branch first Vice-Chair has therefore called on all stakeholders in the Nation’s democratic process to as a matter of urgency take a second look at his proposal consideration.

Mr. Gyimah noted that the failure of the Nation’s legislature and Electoral Commission to painstakingly look through the possible clash of the election date with any of the worship days might not augur well.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chair has sworn to wage a single-handed crusade to ensure the change of the decision by the Constitution Commission.

He is calling on various Religious bodies especially members of the Christian fraternity as well as the Muslim Community to join him to crusade for a change in the November 7 date.

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