Ghanaians In UK Protest Against EC
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, EC Chairman
The streets of London in the United Kingdom will be taken over at about 9:00 am on Friday by some aggrieved Ghanaians who will be staging a massive demonstration against the Electoral Commission of Ghana to drum home their grievances regarding the manner in which the Commission had handled the voter registration exercise.
According to a group which calls itself Concerned Ghanaians Against Electoral Fraud-UK (COGEF-UK) – a pressure group that is to lead the protest – the EC had woefully failed ‘to take action to ensure a clean voter register’ towards election 2016 in Ghana.
‘The EC has refused to allow either internal or any independent audit of the 2012 register before registering new people to be added into the existing, questionable register, so as to assure Ghanaians a credible elections in 2016,’ says COGEF-UK.
In view of this, the protesters will be presenting a petition to the Ghana High Commissioner in the UK, Victor Emmanuel Smith, requesting the EC to allow the auditing of the voter register.
‘We demand that the EC must allow the auditing of the voter register, remove the 245,000 names of Ghanaians fraudulently registered abroad and other minors registered, before the recently registered Ghanaians are added, so as to have a register reflecting the actual number of Ghanaians on the voter list,’ they charged.
A petition will also be presented by the group to the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, to impress upon the Electoral Commission to meet their demands.
‘After that, the group will lead Ghanaian demonstrators to present a similar petition to the Office of the UK Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, at No.10 Dawning Street, at approximately 12:30 pm.
‘Ghanaians will commemorate this day, marking exactly one year when the nine-member Supreme Court justices delivered a miscarriage judgement of the 2012 election petition presented to them by three decent law abiding Ghanaians.
“We will commemorate this day with one voice and shout to the hearing of the whole world that on this day last year, the apex court in Ghana raped and abused an anticipated memorable justice delivery in Ghana,” COGEF-UK concluded.
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