Participants at the Yenpene Demonstration in Kumasi against the compilation of a new voters’ register by the Electoral Commission (EC) have subjected the Chairperson of the commission, Jean Mensa and her Deputy, Dr Bossman Asare to abuse, accusing them of seeking to further the interest of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Several placards wielded by the demonstrators have targeted
them for insults. “One declared: the two fools. Fire will burn you
The demonstrator with the placard explained that the insult
on the two commissioners is as a result of their intransigence and insistence
on compiling a completely new voters’ register.
“We need money to build schools. The money we would
have used to do this, we want to use for a new register. We can build one
thousand schools with it. We can end
double track with the money,” the angry demonstrator justified the words
of his placard.
Meanwhile the EC has declared that its decision to create a
new register is a done deal even though many Ghanaians have expressed
opposition to the move.
It would be recalled that Parliament approved an amount of GHC 443,646,663.00 to enable the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The head of the EC, Jean Mensa, stated that there is the need to
compile a new register given that the register currently in use is
overstretched even though it is accurate.
Many people have objected to the compilation of a new register due to the cost
to be incurred. But the EC insists the cost will be worthwhile.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has however kicked against the new register arguing that the EC is purposefully attempting to disenfranchise some people with the new register.
“…in my opinion, there is no such need for a new voters’ register. Why do we require a new register? Our practice has been that we replace the new register every decade,” General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said.