We’ll have challenges compiling a new register if coronavirus goes beyond June – EC

Dr Serebour Quaicoe, Director of Elections for the EC

Director of Elections for the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour
Quaicoe, has indicated that the Commission will find it difficult to compile a
new voters’ register for the 2020 general election should the novel coronavirus
in the country goes beyond the month of June.

According to Dr Serebour, the EC on its calendar
has from now up to the end of June to compile new voters’ register for the next
general election as the existing voters’ register is bloated, making it impossible
to be used for elections in the country.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye
Abia’ Morning Show, the Director of Elections for the EC in response to host of
the show,  Kwame Nkrumah Tikese on what the Commission will do next should
COVID-19 extend beyond June, he said the Commission will make a decision when
it gets to that.

“When it gets to June and we have been
unable to compile a new voters’ register due to the coronavirus, a decision
will be taken. When we get to that bridge we will certainly cross it,
 he said.

“We have made Ghanaians to understand that
the current voters’ register cannot be used for the next elections and so we
are praying that God will give us the opportunity to organise the registration,”
 he pointed out.

He insisted that
the EC is poised to compile new voters’ register, adding that though it is not
an agreed position of the Commission, he was certain that a new law may be made
to cater for that challenge as a result of the coronavirus.

He believes that the coronavirus will not go
beyond June, but “the Commission will decide on what to do if we reach that
barrier.”

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