The General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia says it is not by addressing concerns raised by the New Patriotic Party about the voters’ register that peace would be guaranteed in Ghana.
Speaking at a forum to deliberate on calls for a new voters’ register for the 2016 general elections, the general Secretary suggested that all political parties must come together, think through the problems associated with the electoral roll and find solutions to them.
“Who said pondering to the whims of NPP will lead to peace in this country?” he asked rhetorically.
“NPP alone does not have the solutions NDC alone does not have solutions even the EC alone does not have the solutions,” he stated.
The two-day forum is being organised by the Electoral Commission to debates for and against the compilation of a new voters’ register for next year’s general elections. A five-member committee chaired by a retired Supreme Court Judge and former Electoral Commissioner Justice VCRAC Crabbe has been tasked to put together views shared at the forum which will influence the EC’s decision going forward.
The stakeholders’ forum became necessary after the New Patriotic Party and some groups claimed the current register is bloated with foreigner and minors.
But Mr. Asiedu Nketia is convinced there will be no chaos in the country after the 2016 general elections if the voters’ register is not changed.
“Yes there are problems but the solutions that are being proposed will not solve the problems,” he stated.
He wants a clear definition of the problem stake. Johnson Asiedu Nketia said for a voters registration exercise to be deemed credible, it must meet the principle of transparency, informed public accessibility, inclusiveness, comprehensiveness, accuracy and integrity.
He insisted that in the mass voters registration exercise done before the 2012 elections, all these principles were satisfied.
Registration centers were “so accessible it captured even prison convicts”, he said and the EC achieved over 90% coverage.
Asiedu Nketia wants the NPP to use IPAC as the forum to deal with concerns about bloated voter’s register.