Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings has alleged that some parties may have been paid to adopt certain positions regarding the current voters’ register.
Some parties have been paid to take certain positions - Nana Konadu
According to the former first lady, the EC must “talk to professionals, who can see into these things and then get your opinion even as you want to talk to party leaders on these things”.
Speaking with Accra-based TV3 during the two-day stakeholders’ forum organized by the Electoral Commission, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings said “It is very difficult to tell what impact [the forum] will have when you have not actually taken a proper census of who sees the problem, what the problems are and how we are going to address it."
“Because if we listen to only party positions, when we know in this country that some parties can actually decide that we going to pay XYZ so they say the things we want, you are not going to get the best out there,” she added.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Party (NDP) has said Ghana’s voters’ register is outmoded and needs to be changed.
Speaking at the Voter register forum, Acting General Secretary of NDP, Mohammed Frimpong said “at this age and time, our voters register is not only compromised but also outmoded, when there has been a global switch from this anachronism to electronic voting machine with the only requirement of a single definite voter identity.”
The two major political parties – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – were on the floor on the first day, Thursday, to make their presentations.
While NPP was led by its former chairman, Peter Mac Manu, in its presentation, which called for a replacement of the register, the incumbent party was led by its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who accused the NPP of been on a wild goose chase said the register should be maintained.
Other political parties such as the Convention People’s Party (CPP), People’s National Convention (PNC) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) made their presentations.
CSOs like Ghana Institute of Public Policy Options (GIPPO), Center for Democratic Development (CDD), IMANI-Ghana and Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) also made presentations.
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