Electoral reforms won’t include new voters register – Asiedu-Nketia

Politics of Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Source: Graphic Online

Asiedu Nketia Suit

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu- Nketia says reforms to the country’s electoral process will not include a replacement of the voter’s register.

According to him, submissions made by the various political parties for electoral reforms did not include a proposal for the replacement of the voter’s register.

The NPP’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, earlier in January said for a credible election to be held in 2016, the voters register needed to be changed.

According to Nana Addo, the current voters register had been bloated since the new voters register figure of 14 million people was far in excess of what it should be, considering the fact that the 2010 population census captured the total number of Ghana’s population to be 25 million.

But speaking on Radio Gold Tuesday morning, Mr Asiedu-Nketia noted that, even the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) own suggestions for electoral reforms did not include the replacement of the voter’s register.

“None, and I am telling with a fact that, none of the proposals talk about the replacement of the voter’s register,” he said.

According to Mr Asiedu-Nketia, who is also a member of the 10-member committee formed by the Electoral Commission to spearhead changes to the electoral process, the reforms that seem feasible include the manner and timeliness of the update of the voter’s register, as well as recruitment and training of electoral staff and the issue of spoilt ballots.

He noted that the issue of spoilt ballots should be of major concern to the nation and not a replacement of the voter’s register.

“…spoilt votes had the third highest votes. The most dangerous part is that, the spoilt ballots are threatening to overtake the deciding ballots. This is a major issue that should engage the attention of the nation,” he said.

Credible voter’s register

Mr Asiedu-Nketia reiterated that the current voter’s register was the best and most credible register the country has ever had.

He said he therefore did not see the logic in the NPP’s argument that the 2012 voter’s register had been bloated.

He accused the NPP of being crafty, saying, “They have put together a building of match sticks…and then build something and then throw it out there as if it is credible…Nana Addo’s argument is a comparison between the voter’s register and the population census figure. But he can’t compare things that are not on equal footing. Where he got that logic from, I don’t know.”