The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has cast doubt over the Electoral Commission’s readiness for the November General Elections.
Speaking at a round table discussion on Wednesday, National Coordinator of the group, Albert Kofi Arhin expressed worry over the ability of the EC to deal with all concerns raised by stakeholders within the timetable provided for the elections.
He further questioned whether the EC has began processes to fully implement the recommendations of the Justice VCRAC Crabbe panel, which accepted submissions and proposals on the subject of a new voters’ register.
There was a national debate over whether or not the EC should compile a new voters' register or just clean and maintain the current one.
A five member panel was put together by the Electoral Commission to consider all proposals regarding the debate on the voters' register.
But the EC subsequently indicated that the panel set up to look into concerns surrounding the call for a new voter register "finds the arguments for a new register unconvincing and therefore does not recommend the replacement of the current voters’ register."
However, Mr. Arhin believes the EC must prioritise the concerns raised by stakeholders about the voters’ register ahead of the November polls.
“If the register is being disputed by stakeholders would it qualify to be used for elections as we have in Ghana at the moment? Our register is being highly disputed by the stakeholders especially by the political parties and what efforts are being made by our commission to clean, to update to make it ready for the election that we are about to conduct in November 2016?” he asked.
He added that issues of the credibility of the voters' register in Uganda which affected the outcome of elections in that country should be a wakeup call for Ghana's EC to take appropriate steps to deal with concerns about the register.
The roundtable discussion on Wednesday was dubbed: ‘The 2016 Uganda Election: Lessons for Ghana’.