The Independent People’s Party (IPP) has kicked against the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s), call for a new voters register for the 2016 general elections.
The IPP has further urged government to channel any resources in that direction to solve the erratic power supply, popularly known as ‘Dumsor’ that has bedevilled the country for three years now.
“There is no need to change the register now; one, because time is too short; and two because even if we do, the same method will be used and the same reasons wil emerge. I will advise that all resources in that direction be geared towards providing electricity and other things for us.”
General Secretary of the IPP, Kwame Owusu Akyempim Boadu, said this at a
press conference here on Tuesday whilst flanked by party founder and leader Mr. Perceiver Kofi Akpaloo and a host of other national and Ashanti Regional executives.
According to Mr. Boadu, Ghana must get a national database to get a problem-free voters’ register.
While he admitted that the current register might have minors in there, he proposed that the names be expunged to make the register credible.
“We need a credible voters’ register and not a new register. So we must find a way to expunge the ghost names, and minors.”
The NPP recently asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters’ register since the current one was bedevilled with minors, ghost names and over 80,000 nationals from neighbouring Togo alone.
Their charge is heavily supported by fellow opposition parties Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), but strongly opposed by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and now the IPP.
“Before you can get a solid voters’ register, you need to have a strong database. One that is nationally recognised, contain all nationals in the country, captures babies when they are born and add them to the voters register when they attain 18 years. The National Identification process could have passed for this but for eight years the NPP were in power but could not complete it”.He described as simplistic the call by the NPP, and said it was without any proper mechanism to garner flawless voters register.
“The NPP and the PPP has been part of the registration process so what new thing did they propose now. What new mechanism did they propose for the registration process? Is it not going to be the normal ‘write my name, and check it’? It is the same old people who will monitor the registration and the results will come out again bloated. So it is a vicious circle”.
On the issue of the current register having foreigners, Mr. Boadu explained it was normal for persons along the borders of Ghana to belong and vote in both countries.
He hoped that the IPP would one day support a course for a new voters’ register but insisted that only would happen when there is a national data base to serve as reference point for the register. “But right now we should use our resources wisely because the time is too short”.
From KingsleyE.Hope And Gideon Botwe, Kumasi