The founder and presidential candidate of the Ghana Freedom Party, Madam Akua Donkor, on the second day of the voters register forum,said her party did not support the call for a new voters register.
She stated that the current register should be used for at least 10 years before it is changed.
According to Madam Donkor, a lot of minors are in the voters register because Telcos require some of credible identification from them before they can gain access to goods and services provided by these multinational companies.
She urged the opposition new patriotic party to forget about a new voters register for now.
Mr Joseph Osei Yeboah (JOY) – Independent Candidate
The independent presidential candidate for the 2012 elections, Mr Joseph Osei Yeboah (JOY), at the stakeholders’ forum on the voters register Friday said the biometric register was intact and should not to be changed.
According to him, the biometric register is the easiest form of verification.
Mr Yeboah said, all Ghanaians who will be 18 years by November or December should be made to register to update the register and another time set aside for the verification.
The Founder of the Ghana Freedom Party, Madam Akua Donkor, also kicked against the creation of a new voters register.
According to her, the current register is credible and should be maintained for the 2016 election.
Mohammed Frimpong – National Democratic Party
The National Democratic Party (NDP) has reiterated its call for the creation of a new voters register ahead of the 2016 elections.
Speaking at a Forum on the voters’ register on Friday, Acting General Secretary of NDP, Mohammed Frimpong, said the current register was compromised and outmoded, adding that there had been a global switch to electronic voting across the world.
Mr Frimpong said India had adopted a cost-effective and robust Electronic Voter Machine (EVM) in its elections.
According to him, the EVM has made elections in India credible adding that “their [Indian’s] idle EVM can be borrowed for the 2016 elections.”
Mr Frimpong said: “Our south-south neighbours, that is India, has since 1988 begun a switch to Electronic Voter Machines (EVM) and perfected this in 2014 general elections with highly unprecedented electoral efficiency.
“The Indian EVMs’ are one tenth of the cost of those used in the USA and elsewhere but full-proofed, very robust, battery operated and deployed all over the stretch of the Indian sub-continent. By the Indian experience, Ghana’s electoral controversies are just a drop in an ocean but the EVMs have eliminated all that in India.
Source : graphic.com.gh