EC to determine new date for suspended voters’ registration Featured

By Nana Yaw Dwamena March 26, 2020 2885 1389 comments

The Electoral Commission has postponed Ghana’s impending voter registration, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The exercise was originally scheduled to start across the country on April 18.

Dr Serebour Quaicoe, the EC’s director of electoral services, made this announcement yesterday after an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting. He added that the EC will be working with other stakeholders to find another suitable date.

“We had planned to do the registration on the 18th but because of the pandemic, we can't do it [then]. We are observing what is happening around Ghana and the global issue ... so, when it gets to a time that we think the situation is fertile for us to commence with the registration, then we can do it,” he told reporters.

Dr Quaicoe said the Commission is “feverishly” putting plans in place, and that, “The software for the new register is almost ready. They are waiting for the hardware.”

IPAC meeting

Yesterday’s IPAC meeting was held in two sessions, in compliance with the social distancing directive announced by the President to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in Ghana.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had earlier opted out of the meeting. Fifteen political parties were invited by the EC to attend the meeting.

The two separate meetings, with the political parties divided into two groups, were set out in the notice invitating the parties.

The invitation letter, signed by the EC’s deputy chairman in charge of corporate affairs, Bossman Eric Asare, said the first group would be made up of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Convention People’s Party (CPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) and Ghana Union Movement (GUM). The second group comprised Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE), United Front Party (UFP), Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), National Democratic Party (NDP), All People’s Congress (APC), United Progressive Party (UPP) and Power Unity Party (PUP).

In opting out of the meeting, he NDC said it did not “see how any meaningful meeting can be held to achieve consensus on any matter” under the new arrangement.

“We take note of your new arrangement for parties to be represented by just one (1) person for the IPAC meeting and the arrangements that the same meeting will be divided into two groups, because of the directives of the President on social gathering following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the NDC said in a statement signed by the party’s general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.

“The situation is even worse when the agreed representation of each party is reduced from three to one,” the NDC said.

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