The News Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the Electoral Commission (EC) did not consult the party in its decision to suspend the compilation of a new voters’ register which has sparked long heated debate in the country among political parties.
“The EC did not necessarily consult us on this issue. They briefed us about the situation so far”. Mr John Boadu, General Secretary of the NPP told Citi Fm on Wednesday monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
“Per the regulation, 31 days before the national registration, the
EC need to inform political parties about their programme, the centers they’ve
chosen and all that. So they were giving
us an update”. He added.
The Electoral Commission at an Inter Party Advisory
Committee (IPAC) meeting on Wednesday said the commission is postponing the
compilation of new voters’ register exercise.
According to the Director of Electoral Service of the
Commission Dr. Serebour Quaicoe the electoral body is collaborating with health
experts to decide on a more favorable date.
“We had planned to do
the registration on the 18th but because of the pandemic, we can’t do it on the
18th, so, we are observing what is happening around Ghana and the global issue…so,
when it gets to a time that we think the situation is fertile for us to
commence with the registration then we can do it,” he said.
The compilation of the controversial new voter register for
the 2020 elections was scheduled to commence on April 18, this year with a
budget of GHC390 million. The commission was hopeful to complete the exercise
by May 30, this year
Source: MyNeNewsGH.com / Syxtus Eshun / 2020