COMOG calls for dialogue among stakeholders on new voters registration

The Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana (COMOG) has called for dialogue among all political parties and the Electoral Commission (EC) to reach a consensus that will ensure a credible process towards Election 2020 and beyond.

This, it said, would be in the best interest of the citizens of Ghana and the international community and ensure peaceful, free and fair elections.

The coalition said, this would enable the outside world continue to recognise Ghana and ensure that the nation remains a beacon of democracy on the African continent.

The call was in a statement issued in Accra by Mr Mawuli Mustapha Braimah, the Chairman, COMOG Media, PR and Research Committee, and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

It said COMOG considered it important to add its voice to the current impasse between the EC and other stakeholders.

Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections are six months away, but the political environment in the country is filled with tension with the main stakeholders divided on the process to compile a New Biometric Voter Register, the statement noted.

It noted that already the main opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken the EC to the apex court to get the EC to include the existing valid voters card and birth certificate as elements of proof of nationality to be accepted for the impending compilation of new voter’s register.

The statement said COMOG has witnessed heightened tension and actions by other non-political interest groups voicing out their concerns on the standoff among the EC, NIA, NDC, the ruling party New Patriotic Party and the Inter-Party Coalition Against New Voter’s Register (IPRAN).

COMOG also noted that the two former presidents of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufour, legal experts, political scientists and civil society organisations adding their voices to the call for adequate dialogue.

“It is the fervent hope of COMOG to see the EC, the NDC and other stakeholders resolve their differences amicably to restore hope and confidence in the electoral system of Ghana,” it said. – GNA

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