Catholic Bishops commend EC for 2016 election measures

The Catholic Bishops Conference has commended the country’s Electoral Commission (EC) for the measures it has put in place to ensure a free, fair and credible election.

They say the EC must be adequately resourced to ensure deliver on their mandate.

“We comment the Electoral Commission for all the measures it has put in place to ensure peaceful, free, faiur, transparent and credible elections. We strongly urge that the Commission should be provided with all the logistics necessary for the elections,” it said.

A communiqué issued by the Conference after its annual Plenary Assembly in Tamale in the Northern Region called on politicians to desist from the temptation of vote buying in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections which they said had the potential of jeopardizing the credibility of the elections.

It said, “such practice is an insult to the intelligence and dignity of the unsuspecting voters. We call for a stop to such acts of vote buying and also entreat the electorate to desist from yielding to such needless enticements.”

The Conference however warned the EC to avoid complacency since the success of the forthcoming elections, depended on it.

It noted that “the integrity and success of the, forthcoming elections depend primarily on the Electoral Commission. It is the institution constitutionally mandated, among other duties to compile the register of voters and revise it periodically to demarcate the electoral process and its purpose.”

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference one week Plenary Assembly was held under the theme: “Reconciliation with God, humanity and nature in the year of mercy.”

Most Reverend Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale was elected as the new President of the Conference at the Assembly.


By: Jonas Nyabor/