E.C. receives 30 proposals on register

Ms. Charlotte Osei, EC boss

Ms. Charlotte Osei, EC boss

The Electoral Commission (EC) is to set up a committee of experts to examine the 30 proposals submitted on the Voters’ Register and determine whether or not to compile a new one.

The proposals were submitted by the various political parties, pressure groups, civil societies and faith-based organisations as well as individuals as directed by the Commission.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, announced yesterday after an Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting in Accra.

She said the committee, which would comprise both local and foreign experts will commence work soon and will be done within a month.

It would also look at the Commission’s information technology system and how to clean the register which some parties talked about and consequently, organise a forum by the end of October to discuss the outcome of the committee’s work.

At that forum, she said, the various political parties would be given the chance to make presentations.

She hinted that the Commission had started expunging some names from the voter register, but did not disclose the number of names so far deleted.

On Let My Vote Count, the Chairperson said to the best of her knowledge, her outfit had already received a submission from the pressure group and could not tell if the group’s intended demonstration to the EC was to submit a revised version.

She said IPAC meeting discussed a range of issues including the district level elections, modalities for implementation of continuous voter registration and report of the IPAC Committee on electoral reforms.

She said a 39 per cent turnout was recorded at the last district level elections which was an improvement over the precious one of 35 per cent and was optimistic that the figure would increase to 40 per cent if the legal issues surrounding the five electoral areas were resolved.

Mrs. Osei said the EC had also consulted stakeholders on the recommendations of the Supreme Court after the 2012 election petition and would also engage printers on the printing of ballot papers.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour  

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