The Center for Democratic Development has cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) on the time constraints leading to the compilation of a New Voter’s Register.
“As it stands now the government is bent on its objective. Unfortunately, with constraints of time and inadequate insight, mistakes made in the hurried 2012 compilation is likely to be made. This will render the activity useless. “
According to the Director of Public Advocacy Professor Kojo Pumpuni Asante, the country will be conducting a population and housing census in March 2020 hence the EC would have to wait for the whole exercise to be completed to have an accurate data on Ghana’s Population to plan for the new voters register by which time it will be late.
“The big issue is time because there is a census in March. Ideally, if the is a census you’ll normally wait for the census to have the right numbers to estimate how many people you have to register. If it comes in March it means it is going to delay when the Voters Register starts. If you’re going to have new machines new systems then it is going to be harder given the time periods and to build confidence going into an election” he said.
The caution comes on the backdrop of the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a New Voter’s Register ahead of the 2020 general elections stating that the current register being used is overstretched even though it is accurate.
Professor Kojo Pumpuni Asante added that the Commission should furnish the Inter-Party Advisory Committee(IPAC) with more information on the need for the new register to ensure a consensus for it amongst the various political parties.
“I think the issue should go to IPAC because IPAC asked for further information I think if the EC had taken the opportunity it would have been helpful so that people get more understanding.”
“It is not the question of those options, it is about what you can do realistically within the timeframe. And you know the national ID is going on and all.”
By: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom