The decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to suspend the compilation of a new voters’ register as a result of the novel Coronavirus pandemic was borne out advice from health experts.
“Our outfit collaborated with health experts to decide on a more favourable date”, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, Director of Electoral Services told spoke on Kumasi FM’s morning show in an interview MyNewsGh.com monitored after an Inter-Party Advisory Committee meeting.
The compilation of a new voter register for the 2020
elections was scheduled to begin on April 18, this year. The commission had
also expressed hope it will complete the exercise by May 30, 2020.
“The health experts have asked us to prove Veronica
buckets, hand sanitizers and soap to curb the spreading of the virus”, the
EC Director of Elections told host, Nana Yaw Mensa Joel
“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,” Dr. Quaicoe explained.
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