September 4, 2014

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ablekuma West constituency, Ursula Owusu, has warned of possible violence in the 2016 elections if the electoral reforms are not implemented.

Last Friday, the country marked a year since the Supreme Court’s verdict declaring John Dramani Mahama as the legitimate winner of the 2012 presidential election.

The Supreme Court in the ruling made recommendations for electoral reforms and hoped that the Electoral Commission would implement them and help eliminate some of the flaws in Ghana’s electoral system as exposed during the election petition case.

Madam Owusu, however, believes that the issues from the previous general elections that were exposed during the hearing have not been resolved by the EC.

“The EC’s conduct during the petition itself demonstrated that even with the foreign registrations they conducted themselves, there were issues. They have gone ahead without dealing with the flashpoints in 2012 and have done this limited registration,” she stated.

Madam Owusu told Citi News that she believes the register needs to be audited as there is “a risk of having figures that nobody will have confidence in without a credible register.”

She added that the inability of the Electoral Commission to “fix the fundamentals of our electoral system,” could lead to “violence in subsequent elections.”