The Executive Director of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe in an interview MyNewsGh.com monitored has downplayed the Electoral Commission’s (EC) justification for the compilation of a new voters’ register describing it as baseless.
Mr. Cudjoe disagreed with the EC’s explanations as the basis for the compilation of a new register stating that it is not tenable.
“The basis for saying that the biometric verification machines were obsolete on the face of the EC’s own continuous investment plan which was approved by the Finance Ministry anyway, and its own usage of the systems, cannot be true”, he said.
Speaking on Citi TV’s The Big Issue he added: “All I am saying is that the argument being advanced that the current register is fraught with a lot of errors cannot hold water. What we are saying is that you cannot tell every Ghanaian that something that delivered elections in December, all of them are gone.”
Mr. Cudjoe was concerned that the EC was bent on making a request for amendments to be made to the laws governing elections in Ghana when the NIA had not yet completed its registration exercise.
“I think the EC has not done itself any good by this whole penchant for expunging the old voters’ ID from the system. This whole point about we need to discard the existing ID card when in actual fact, the NIA is yet to distribute not less than 6 million cards and even continue the registration. As of the passports, I do not want to even talk about it.”
The EC is bent on compiling a new register over claims that the existing one is not credible enough for the polls.
Director of Elections at the EC, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe had earlier insisted that the current register should be replaced to make it more capable of tackling the verification challenges that occur on election day, given experiences from past elections.
Source: MyNewsGh.com / Michael Agyapong Agyapa/2020