Members of the Upper East Regional Inter-Party Resistance Against the Compilation of a New Voters Register say the Electoral Commission’s (EC’s) determination to proceed and compile a new register without adequate consensus suggests that the EC has “something to hide in the coming elections.”
The placard-bearing members took to the streets of the Bolgatanga Municipality and converged on the Electoral Commission where its leader, Mr Donatus Akamugri, delivered a petition from the group to the leadership of the EC.
Members of the group which included political party members from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the People’s National Convention (PNC), the Ghana United Movement (GUM) and other parties later handed over the petition to the Deputy Regional Director of the EC, Mr Worlanyo Tegah, who promised to send the petition to the appropriate quarters for redress.
Some of the placards read: “Jean Mensah, your days are numbered”, “Nana Addo, the current register that was used to elect you is credible” and “use the GH¢1.2 billion to provide us with 1D1F”.
In their petition, the group reminded the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensah, that in 2015 she “vehemently criticised the compilation of a new register citing limited time as reasons to support her argument.”
“What has changed in her expert analysis to warrant her current decision which is contrary to your opinion as Institute of Economic Affairs boss in 2015?” it asked.
The group, therefore, asked the EC Chairperson to “eat the humble pie and withdraw the policy to salvage her image and save Ghana from unnecessary waste of resources”.
Mr Akamugri said although Article 46 of the 1992 constitution protected the EC from directions or control, the EC was nevertheless accountable to the citizens since it was a public organisation which drew its funds from the Consolidated Fund.
“It is prudent to note that conventions form part of our laws in the country.
It is binding on the EC by convention to deeply involve all political parties as key stakeholders in vital policies and decisions regarding our electoral processes,” he further pointed out.