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.