Ghanaian youth group calls for credible voters register ahead of 2016 poll


A Ghanaian youth group Friday called for a new and credible voters register for the country?s 2016 general election.Register

The Youth Alliance Crusaders (YAC), in a statement signed by its president, Emmanuel Boakye, said its research findings indicated that the 2012 voters register was not credible.
It said it would be suicidal for Ghana if the 2012 voters register was used in next year?s polls.
It therefore asked relevant stakeholders, including the National Peace Council, chiefs, senior citizens, the media and all political parties, to ensure that the needed action was taken.
?Stakeholders must compel the Electoral Commission (EC) to follow the voice of the majority yearning for the electoral reforms and the need for a new and credible electoral register,? the statement said.
The YAC asked Ghana?s EC to take a cue from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of West African neighbor, Nigeria, in its recently held general election.
?Our EC should not pervert its intent and functions as solely on being an independent constitutional body but do so by paying heed to the voice of the majority,? it stated.
Presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 polls, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently said the party would not relent in its efforts to ensure that calls for electoral reforms in the country yielded positive results.
?My message to all Ghanaians is that we cannot compromise on our push to get electoral reforms. We must do it and do it well to protect our democracy,? he said.
The call for electoral reforms by the main opposition party in the West African country was as a result of a recommendation made by the Supreme Court in the landmark election petition on August 29, 2013.
Meanwhile, the country?s EC has stated unequivocally that the voters? register was neither bloated nor over-bloated as it was statistically credible and reliable for the conduct of any national and local elections.
?The voter register is not bloated; it is a credible register. People have concerns and they have written to the EC and it has responded to them appropriately,? Georgina Opoku Amankwaah, EC Chairperson responsible for Finance and Administration, added.
The West African country goes to the polls in December 2016 to elect a president and 275 members of parliament. Enditem.

Source: Xinhua


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