Ghana Considers Calls for Fresh Voter Register







GHANA’s main opposition New Patriotic Party has petitioned the Electoral Commission to compile a new voter list for next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Some other opposition parties have backed the call for a new voter register, but some civil society groups and the ruling National Democratic Congress say the current voter register compiled in 2012 is credible.

Christian Owusu-Parry, the Electoral Commission’s Acting Director of Public Affairs says the electoral body plans to organize a September 22 stakeholder’s workshop. He said parties would be able to present their views before a decision is made about a new voter list.

Owusu-Parry says the political parties have welcomed the stance of the electoral commission in trying to find ways to resolve the controversy surrounding the calls for a new voter list.

Some Ghanaians have questioned whether the electoral body has the needed funds to organize a fresh voter register. But Owusu-Parry says the outcome of the stakeholders’ workshop will determine the next line of action.

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