Story: Yaovi Azietrogah Awlesu
The National Concern Drivers Association of Ghana have joined the clarion call on the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the Chairperson for the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, Madam Jean Mensah to hold on with the compilation of the new voters register until 2021.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Sunday, the Chairman of the Association, Mr Paa Willie gave several reasons for calling for the halt of the new voters register.
According to him, the members of the National Concern Drivers Association of Ghana believe that, the introduction of a new voter register might stir attention as the country approaches elections.
He said the association observed that the Electoral commission last organised limited registration exercise in the same register which not all newly turned eighteen were registered.
“We also witnessed the Electoral Commission of Ghana organising vote transfers with the same register and it was successful,” he noted.
He pointed out that in December last year, the EC organised a successful district assembly elections with the same voters register and asked “why then the change”?
“We have been repeatedly told by successive governments since 1992 of the need to have new voters’ register which is accompanied with huge sums of money,” he stated.
He further asked that “if that register was credible enough to be used for a successful district Assembly elections which most civil society organisations commended EC for, why the need to discard the register completely and compile a new one?
“We as an Association believe it does not make both economic and human sense, especially when the country needs more money to build additional classrooms for secondary schools across the country, to construct good roads and provide other infrastructural developmental projects.
He also cautioned the minor political parties to be mindful of their decision as to whether Ghanaians need a new voter register .
“We as an Association suggest that, broader consultation should be conducted by the Electoral commission to get the actual views of the people,” he said.
He therefore called on the National Chief Imam, the Clergy and all meaning Ghanaians ask the EC to maintain the register until 2021.