The West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP), on Tuesday appealed to the Electoral Commission (EC) and political parties to
dialogue on the proposal to compile a new voters register.
Dr Chukwuemeka B. Eze, WANEP Executive Director, who made the appeal said there was nothing that dialogue could not achieve.Ghanaians
should also remember that they have a role to play in the deepening of democracy in West Africa.
“All eyes are on Ghana and the integrity of the electoral process is what produces credible elections,” Dr Eze stated in an interview with the Ghana News Agency
“In my opinion, I think that the EC finds itself in a very precarious position if it does not yield to the pressure in certain segment of society, the integrity of the
Commission will drop.
“But if it yields the Commission’s confidence might drop, because what it means is that anything they proposed can be challenged and the public pressure will
take preeminence over their own focus,” he said.
The WANEP Executive Director therefore noted that what was necessary was to have a conversation, if possible through the Interparty Advisory Committee
(IPAC), which would be facilitated by a highly respected third party.
This, he said would afford those who were opposing the issue to see the views of the EC, “Why did they want a new voter register? What are the procedures? What is the timeline? How will that affect the elections?”
“Once they are able to produce that, it is possible that those who are opposing it will begin to understand the merits in it.”
Dr Eze think it is not the right time for the EC to do so?”
He said if this was done, at the end of the day, superior reasoning would emerge.
“What I have not seen is this conversation in a mutual respectful manner; that allows everybody to be heard, that allows every opinion to be heard and that
noted that such a platform would also serve as an opportunity for those who were opposing the new voter register to be heard by the EC.”