Accra, Feb. 11, GNA – The West Africa Network
for Peacebuilding (WANEP), on Tuesday appealed to the Electoral Commission (EC)
and political parties to dialogue on the proposal to compile a new voters
Dr Chukwuemeka B. Eze, WANEP Executive
Director, WANEP, who made the appealed said there was nothing that dialogue
could not achieve; “Ghanaians should also remember that they have a role
to play in the deepening of democracy in West Africa.
“All eyes are on Ghana and the integrity of
the Electoral process is what produces credible elections,” Dr Eze stated
in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
“In my opinion, I think that the EC find
itself in a very precarious position – if it does not yield to the pressure in
certain segment of society, the integrity of the Commission will drop.
“But if it yields the Commission’s confidence
might drop, because what it means is that anything they proposed can be
challenged and the public pressure will take preeminence over their own
focus,” he said.
The WANEP Executive Director therefore noted
that what was necessary was to have a conversation, if possible through the
Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC), which would be facilitated by a highly
respected third party.
This, he said would afford those who were
opposing the issue to see the views of the EC; “Why did they want a new
voter register? What are the procedures? What is the time line? How will that
affect the elections?”
“Once they are able to produce that, it is
possible that those who are opposing it will begin to understand the merits in
Dr Eze noted that such a platform would also
serve as an opportunity for those who were opposing the new voter register to
be heard by the EC; “Why they think it is not the right time for the EC to
He said if this was done, at the end of the
day, superior reasoning would emerge.
“What I have not seen is this
conversation in a mutual respectful manner; that allows everybody to be heard,
that allows every opinion to be heard and that allows for this superior
reasoning,” he said.
Dr Eze urged Ghanaians to put pressure on both
the EC and those opposing the process (the creation of new voter register) to
sit down and talk.
“That is what I am not seeing. The
talking is taking place more in the media than in the dialogue rooms or at the
negotiations table. I did not think that enough has been heard about the
position of the EC,” he said.
He said Ghana’s status as a beacon of Africa’s
democracy must always be held in high esteem.