The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Director of Elections, Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, says the party will accept a new voters’ register if the Electoral Commission (EC) provides tangible reasons to underscore the need for a new register.
The former Youth and Sports Minister maintained that the commission must lay bare all facts in terms of the cost of compiling a new register, why the need for a new register, adding that the commission must also give evidence to support their claims.
Speaking on Asempa on Wednesday, he said, the commission misled the public on the issue of compiling a new voters’ register, stressing that the issue of the compilation of a new voters’ register was just mentioned in passing at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting.
At the meeting, he explained, there was a question as to why the commission was not embarking on limited registration, and in a response, the commission mentioned it is going to compile a new voters’ register next year, using facial recognition technology.
Mr. Afriyie Ankrah said the issue was mentioned in less than 10 seconds, saying that compilation of a new voters’ register was not on the agenda for discussion at the meeting.
The NDC Director of Elections stressed that compilation of a new registration is a major decision and therefore the new EC administration should consult the former EC boss, Kwadwo Afari-Gyan to learn the process of compiling the new register.
The EC in press release stated it will compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.