IPAC endorses programmes to ensure peaceful polls

Charlotte Osei EC BOSS.

The Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) has agreed with the Electoral Commission (EC) on all activities and procedures that will ensure a free, fair and credible election on December 7.

Deputy Chairman (Operations) of the EC, Mr. Amadu Sulley who disclosed this during the launch of the Election 2016 Peaceful Stamps by the Ghana Post Company Limited (GPCL), said the Commission had ensured the necessary mechanism to organise the election without a hitch.

Mr. Sulley said the EC had also fulfilled all directives by the Supreme Court, which included the removal of voters who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card to make the voters’ register more credible.

He indicated that although Parliament rejected the proposed amendment for this year’s election to be held in November, that decision had not disrupted the EC’s activities.

Mr Sulley noted that the exhibition of the voters’ register, re-registration of voters who registered with the NHIS card and registration of those who had attained the voting age had all been done by the commission.

“Very soon the commission will begin the transfer of vote to give opportunity to voters who would like to transfer their vote. These are all measures put together by the Commission and had discussed with IPAC,” he said.

Mr Sulley said issues at the IPAC meeting were considered by the Commission because IPAC plays an important role in activities of the Commission to hold a credible and transparent election.

The Managing Director of GPCL Mr. Eric Yao, explained that the stamp depicts the need for peaceful co-existence and ultimately peaceful elections for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

He said GPCL is part of corporate Ghana and could only do business when the nation was stable and peaceful, and that the company was using its medium to campaign for peace, before, during and after the election.

“As a postal organisation, if for nothing at all, we are living witness to what happened in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other African countries and can’t sit  unconcerned when people make unguarded statements that can incite violence especially taking into consideration  that this same silence is what provoked wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda among other African Countries,” he said.

By Bernard Benghan & Antoinette Deku       

 

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