COVID-19: EC suspends voters’ registration exercise

EC chairperson Jean Mensa
EC chairperson Jean Mensa

The Electoral Commission (EC) has indefinitely suspended the voter registration exercise due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The EC had slated the registration exercise for April 18th, 2020 ahead of the December 7 polls.

Addressing journalists after an IPAC meeting Wednesday, Dr Serebour Quiacoe, Director of Electoral Services at the Commission said: “We had planned to do the registration on the 18th but because of the pandemic, we can’t do it on the 18th, so, we are observing what is happening around Ghana and the global issue…so, when it gets to a time that we think the situation is fertile for us to commence with the registration then we can do it.”

The opposition National Democratic Congress has consistently campaigned against the new voters’ register.

Last week the NDC sued the Electoral Commission at the Supreme Court over its decision to compile a new Voters’ register ahead of the 2020 elections.

Several Civil Society Organisations including IMANI Africa have also kicked against the decision for a new voters’ register.

But the EC had maintained that compiling a new voters’ register ahead of the general election is in the best interest of Ghanaians and will save the nation over 170 million Ghana cedis.

 

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM