May 29, 2015

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho has directed that leadership of Parliament should meet the Electoral Commission (EC) over the botched Voters registration exercise.

The deliberation with the EC will afford the House the opportunity of knowing what the next step of the EC will be and what will be done with the prospective voters who had been registered before the exercise was put on hold.

The Speaker’s directive follows a motion earlier moved by the Second Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah who had urged Parliament to summon the EC for commencing a voters registration exercise when it had not consulted the political parties who are main stakeholders.

The Electoral Commission about a fortnight ago suspended its voter registration exercise after four political parties kicked against the exercise lamenting they were not consulted.

In a press statement released, the E.C said it was putting the exercise on hold to allow “a thorough discussion of the matter with IPAC” (Inter-Party Advisory Committee).

The continuous registration exercise was to enable teenagers who just attained the age of 18 years to register ahead of general elections in December 2016.

Those who have misplaced their cards could also obtain a replacement.

However General Secretaries of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), and opposition parties New Patriotic Party, Convention People’s Party and People’s National Convention (PNC) opposed the registration exercise insisting that they were taken by surprise.

They protested against the venue which is the District offices of the EC and argued the registration should be done in Electoral areas.