Managing Editor of The Insight newspaper, Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr has said the Electoral Commission can only find a solution to the debate over the voters’ register if it prevents itself from being held hostage by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Don’t let NPP hold you hostage – Kwesi Pratt to EC
Pratt Jnr suggested that while the EC and its stakeholders are looking for a way to solve the problem, every decision and action taken “ought to be guided by law.”
According to him, the two-day forum organized by the EC on the voters’ register was fruitful and he thus expressed optimism that a solution will be found soon.
“Let’s continue talking, let’s look for the solution and I am quite, quite sure that if we do not allow ourselves to be held hostage by one political party, we will find a solution to this problem and we will move forward as Ghanaians to more victories for our democratic experiment,” he remarked.
Speaking on Radio Gold over the weekend, Mr. Pratt Jnr suggested that while the EC and its stakeholders are looking for a way to solve the problem, every decision and action taken “ought to be guided by law.”
“All of us ought to operate within the mandate of the Ghanaian law; all of us ought to act on the basis of what the constitution has said.”
He stressed that in the quest to ensure a clean register is used for the 2016 elections, the Ghanaian constitution must under no circumstance be subverted because “one of the cardinal rules of the 1992 constitution is the independence of the Electoral Commission and this independence must not be compromised.”
“Let’s look for things that work and I think we are getting there and I think that the shallowness of some of the presentations have been laid bare. I think we can get there and I think that we call all resolve this,” he remarked.
Kwesi Pratt Jnr pointed out that under the existing legislation, “there are some things that you cannot do so if you need to go forward, it becomes imperative that you go for legislative review. Between now and November 2016, is it possible to go through all those processes and so on?”
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