For some time now, we have been continuously explained to by successive governments considering that 1992 of the need to have new voters’ sign up. For that purpose, huge sums of funds are spent in participating, what they told us to be specialist firms who have been to give us registers that could be reputable.
What has transpired to technologies? All past a few of 4 registers ended up captured by computers and stored in databases, so we had been advised. So, what has transpired to the databases? Has the term ‘technology’ vanished from Ghana’s (Federal government and Electoral Commission (EC) vocabulary or authorities and EC have under no circumstances listened to of it?
The comprehending they designed us to have was that, with the seize of data unto the databases, those who convert 18 years at any presented time could stroll to any EC district business to register to vote and their names would be added to the existing sign-up. What has altered? Or what has happened to the databases?
The most disturbing part of the way of performing factors, with unique reference to the compilation of new voters’ sign-up just about every single four a long time, is that, Ghanaians carry pan in hands and beg other nations around the world with proper financial and popular sense in their use of money to fund the compilation of our new voters’ registers.
In the earlier, some of the international associates gave money for that for dread that if they did not, Ghanaians would eliminate them selves just after the election.
Following the previous election, the EC had enough time – 4 superior decades – to clean the present sign-up, make the vital addition of people who mistakenly could not locate their names on it, and all those who turned 18 following the very last election.
The sign up made use of for the very last election was compiled by the EC headed by Charlotte Osei, who was appointed by the NDC which was then in govt. And this sign-up grew to become very good more than enough to ensure that the incumbent government could not rig the election.
If that sign-up was credible more than enough to allow an opposition bash, NPP, to acquire the election, why the need to have to discard this register totally and compile a new a single? This does not make both financial and human sense, especially when the country needs extra cash to establish added lecture rooms for secondary universities across the country to cease the double monitor now inconveniencing both of those learners and moms and dads.
The only motive numerous can feel of about why the EC wishes to prepare a new sign up is likely simply because Charlotte Osei geared up 1, so Jean Mensa should necessarily also put together her possess. What takes place to institutional reminiscences then?
Far more queries needing answers
Why didn’t the EC prepare a new voters’ register in advance of the referendum on the creation of the six locations took place? In the finish they claimed good results for the referendum. And just immediately after the district and device degree elections on December 17, 2019, the EC leading executives explained almost everything went smoothly and properly.
And it was the similar current sign-up which was applied. Why then does the EC have to have a new sign up for the parliamentary and presidential election in December 2020?
In Israel, seven parliamentary elections have been held inside a shorter house of 16 years – a person in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013, March 17, 2015, April 9, 2019, and September 17, 2019.
And in Spain, parliamentary elections ended up held in 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016 and April 2019. In Israel, in this yr alone two elections have been held just after no governing administration emerged following the to start with just one and it’s most probable a further will abide by before long.
In Spain, just within just two a long time, two elections had been held. Where by would these nations around the world have had the dollars to get ready a new voters’ register for the brief successive elections? They all utilized technological know-how, a method, which I think, our Electoral Fee and governing administration have in no way listened to of or never understand its gain.
Does President, Nana Akufo- Addo, have doubts in the credibility of the voters’ sign-up which was made use of for the 2016 elections, which acquired him elected and a lot of of his party’s MPs elected? If there was a doubt, why didn’t he and his celebration convey it out even before he was sworn in?
My candid view is that, when it arrives to difficulties of national shelling out, there should not be NPP vs NDC. There must be national fascination, financial sense, and human sense, all blended for the thing to consider of the existence of the everyday Ghanaian.
I do not feel the EC must be permitted to put together a new sign-up for the 2020 election. The commission ought to get started appropriate now to display screen the existing register at every single of its district offices for folks who cannot obtain their names to sign up, and these turned 18 many years due to the fact 2016 to be additional.
Mr President, you swore to defend the purse of the nation. Make sure you, don’t allow any individual advise you to sanction this non-justifiable nationwide squander of sources to compile a new voters’ sign up.
By the way, where is the Council of Point out? The place is the National Dwelling of Chiefs which grew to become so vocal on the referendum to elect district chief executives? Exactly where is the Christian of Ghana, the Ghana Pentecostal Council, the Catholic Bishops Meeting, and the Muslim Council?
Sadly, all the other political parties grow to be useless right after elections, so it appears to be a waste of time for just one to connect with on them to do nearly anything. And in which are the civil societies?
Mr President, your ‘Ghana beyond aid’ mantra need to include things like ‘Ghana outside of wasteful expenditure. Your get together MPs in Parliament are already urging the EC on to go in advance of this training, when the EC has not stated to Ghanaians what was incorrect with the present register.
On whose facet are the NPP MPs in Parliament on? Ghanaians or on their own? This is not about party loyalty, it is about the curiosity of Ghana and with thanks respect, we assume frequent-sense tactic on this issue.
One issue ought to be obvious to all political events, specifically the NPP – new or old voters’ sign up by itself will not get them an election, otherwise NDC should really have received in 2016.
Mr President, halt it, your free SHS programme which is a landmark inheritance you are giving Ghanaians even nevertheless unborn demands cash to do well.
Be sure to, end this squander!
By Dr Frankie Asare-Donkoh
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