Submitting a petition is not a shouting game - EC boss to LMVC

“If LMVCA is bringing a petition of course we will receive it; we are adults. It’s not a shouting game,” she indicated.

Charlotte Osei - EC Boss

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, has said the EC will not tolerate any plans of picketing by pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) if the act will involve a lot of noisemaking.

She said since the EC is a security zone and also a national data centre, any attempt to distract the work of the commission through picketing will not be accepted.

However, speaking to the media after an IPAC meeting on Wednesday, the EC chairman said her outfit is ready to receive the petition from the group.

She further said she hoped the group is still not bringing the same petition they submitted to the EC earlier.

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

Charlotte Osei added that the EC has received donor support to evaluate the proposals and that by the end of the month; they will organize a forum to discuss and reach some consensus on the proposals.

The Let My Vote Count Alliance group has been engaged in a back and forth with the police over their decision to picket at the offices of the EC to present a petition for a new voters’ register.

A demonstration held weeks ago ended violent after police fired teargas and flogged some demonstrators because they used unapproved route for the protest.

However, another intended demonstration set for September 29 has been called off after police sought an injunction to restrain it.

Meanwhile, the pressure group have indicated it will head to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation on the Circuit Court injunction that cancelled their protest march which was scheduled for today, Tuesday September 29.

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