NPP calls on EC to compile new voters’ register

Dr Afari GyanThe New Patriotic Party on Monday called on the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register for the 2016 General election.

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority leader, said: “Unfortunately, the 2015 budget makes no provision for a new register, adding that a fresh credible voters’ register is a sine qua non to credible elections.

He made the call in Accra at a media encounter, organised by the NPP to present what it called “The True Message of the Present State of the Nation, 2015”.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu recounted that the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that the use of the National Health Insurance (NHI) card as proof of qualification to register as a voter, is unconstitutional.

He explained that current voters register is tainted and must be discarded because some Ghanaians used the NHI card in procuring voter registration in 2012.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said: “there has been unusual increase in voter registration between 2008 and 2012 in certain districts where in the space of four years, registered voters have increased between 44 per cent and 72 per cent. That certainly should tell any impartial observer that there is something wrong with the voters register”.

He called for amendments to constitutional provisions and regulations to reflect the letter and spirit of the SC ruling, and to promote the conduct of elections by the EC.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said “once again the district assembly elections have been botched”, adding that the assembly elections were to have been held in October, 2014, but it could not take place because the relevant constitutional instrument to define the electoral areas for which the elections were to be held had not been laid before Parliament on time”.

The Minority leader urged the EC to work with the relevant bodies to ensure the smooth running of the 2016 general election.

Mr Mensah-Bonsu said Ghanaians were grateful to God for peaceful elections, however, “we must acknowledge that often times, we have found ourselves at the edge of a precipice.”

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