Let us prevent non-Ghanaians from enlist on electoral roll-Gbedemah Ho, Jan 25, GNA-Mr Kofi Tenasu Gbedemah, a Public Rights Worker, has called for more purposeful inter-agency efforts to prevent non-Ghanaians from registering as voters.

He said birth certificates and other evidences of nationality and naturalizations could be demanded before registration.

Mr Gbedemah was speaking at the inauguration of the Ho Municipal Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) in Ho on Tuesday.

Mr Ohene Frimpong, Ho-Central Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), said it was  important to stop  non-Ghanaians from registering as voters but made it clear that it was difficult to determine who is a non-Ghanaian at the registration centres and that procedures for protest were elaborate and frustrating.

Mr Emmanuel Abeam Danso, the Ho Municipal Director of the Electoral Commission, said   political parties often keep quite over registration of unqualified people and other misdeeds when considered favourable to them but would rant if not in their favour.

He said there were procedures to stop non-Ghanaians from registering by registering protest at polling stations and providing proof before a committee.

Mr Kenneth Kponor, Ho Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) under whose aegis the IPDC would work said it was important peace prevailed in the country, before, during and after the elect ions.

He appealed to politicians, their supporters and party activists against mudslinging and destructive criticism and the media against tendentious stories.

 “Let us safeguard the image of the country in the eyes of the international community as the haven of peace,” Mr Kponor said.

He said power must not be won through intimidation and that national interest must supersede all other interests.

An Executive Committee out of the 25-member larger committee was selected with Togbe Atsridom V, Paramount Chief of Kpedze Traditional Area as Chairman with and Mr Gbedemah as his vice.

Mr Stanley Glate, Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ho-Central Constituency is Secretary while Mr Paul Aba, Electoral and Research Officer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ho-Central Constituency, is Organizer.    

Mr Glate said rivalry between the NPP and the NDC was the main cause of problems in the nation’s political landscape and that if the two parties could champion peace “half of the work is done”.

The committee which would operate from now until early January next year went into session soon after inauguration to draw a first quarter action plan to permeate coverage area with its message of peace.

The coverage area spans the Ho-West and Ho-Central constituencies.

Mr Prosper Afealete, NCCE Ho Municipal Area Programmes Officer in a paper listed distribution of money and gifts, declaration of election results by political parties, superimposing of posters, defacing of posters and biased media reportage as among violations to be monitored by the committee.


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