The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has questioned the Electoral Commission’s (EC) readiness for the November general elections.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion yesterday, the National Coordinator of the civil society group, Albert Kofi Arhin, questioned whether the commission has fully implemented the recommendations of the Justice VCRAC Crabbe panel, which took submissions and proposals for and against a new voters’ register.
According to him, the panel did not only recommend the use of the current register for the polls, but also suggested that certain reforms are carried out to improve it.
Mr. Arhin, a former Director of Operations at the commission,in latest remarks raised similar concerns by another civil society group, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
The IEA was the first to question the EC’s preparedness towards the elections to be held in November.
Mr. Arhin believed the commission may genuinely be challenged and thus should be given a hearing before anyone suggested that it was ill-prepared.
However the commission responded to the IEA’s complaints saying everything was on course for the crucial poll.
Speaking at the roundtable discussion, CODEO’s Albert Kofi Arhin said the concerns expressed about the voters’ register by stakeholders should be of concern to the commission.
He wondered whether the commission was indeed ready for the polls considering that the voters’ register is currently a subject of a legal tussle.
CODEO in making its submission gave an instance in the just ended Ugandan elections, where the credibility of that country’s voters’ register became an issue and affected the outcome of the election.
CODEO maintained that the EC’s responses so far and their timetable for the election made it almost impossible for it to fully address all the concerns raised by the various stakeholders before the elections.