EC set May,2020 for completion of new voters register amid controversies

The Electoral Commission (EC) has indicated it will complete its proposed new Voters Register for election 2020 by the close of May.

The decision to compile a new voters roll has raked up considerable controversy, with the political parties and civil society divided over its prudence and timeliness, however, the Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe says the EC is going ahead with its program and will announce a commencement date soon.

Dr. Serebour speaking to the media on Friday, acknowledged the approval of the EC’s budget for the Voters Register compilation and other activities for the year, said the funds are yet to be released. 

Asked if the Voters Registration exercise will benefit from the impending national population census, he said the Commission’s activities do not depend on any other activities.

The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has added its voice to those of many opposition political parties, led by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in asking the EC to desist from the planned compilation of a new register, however other parties, including the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) have thrown their support behind the EC.

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