Interpol must audit Ghana's voters' register - Mike Ocquaye

Speaking during a debate organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on Tuesday, Mike Ocquaye expressed surprise as to why the police has not yet taken the matter up.

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Former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Ocquaye has said the world’s largest international police organization, INTERPOL, must investigate allegations of foreigners in Ghana voters’ register.

“This is a matter where Interpol should come in,” he said. “In fact, we expect that by this time these matters might have been handed to the police already,” he added.

INTERPOL has 190 member countries working to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries.

In his argument for a new voters’ register, Prof Ocquaye accused the EC of contributing to the pollution of the register and so should not be mandated to audit it.

“Those that we will rely upon for cleaning have been so compromised that you cannot say a cleaning exercise should be left with them,” he said.

“To clean that which they themselves have consciously participated in polluting will be an exercise in futility.”

The NPP have recently made allegations that Ghana’s current voters’ register is bloated with names of foreign nationals.

The party has since petitioned the EC with information available to them and are demanding a new register.

Ms. Charlotte Osei had earlier on revealed that so far, 30 institutions including 15 political parties, have submitted proposals which are being evaluated on whether or not there would be need for a new voters’ register.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Com­mission (EC) is set to meet the various political parties and key stakeholders next week over the need for a new voter’s register.

This follows the submission of positions of political parties and other groups articulating their views on the issue.

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