A group calling itself Floating Voters Association has described as uncalled for, the decision by the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 general election, ABC News can report.
According to the group, the current register “has no major negativity to point at,” adding that the register is “still credible to help us carry out a transparent and peaceful elections.”
A statement signed by the President of the Association, Ben Anderson indicated that although it cannot begrudge the decisions of the EC in the discharge of its constitutional mandate, the amount involved could be channeled into other developmental projects.
“The electoral commission should understand the state of the nation and know better that GHc 44m plus from the national purse can be equally used for many developmental projects in the country to help enhance the growth of the country,” the statement said.
“We are not saying the E.C shouldnt require funds to carry out its legitimate duties but in this case we will like to advice the electoral commission to mentain the 2016 voters register for 2020 elections since its still credible to help us carry out a transparent and peaceful elections,” it added.
The EC has asked Parliament to approve GH¢444,846,663 for the compilation of a new biometric voters’ register prior to the 2020 general election. This has elicited some concerns, with the National Democratic Congress fiercely opposing the move.
Addressing a press conference last Thursday, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said the new register “defies logic and must be fiercely resisted as we in the NDC intend to do.”
“The current voters’ register was used recently to successfully elect about 6,600 district assembly members and about 33,000 unit committee members. Yet the Electoral Commission is telling us that the same register cannot be used to elect one person and 275 Members of Parliament,” Asiedu Nketia said.
But the New Patriotic Party somewhat supports the move, indicating that the compilation of a a new biometric voters’ register would be less expensive than sustaining and refurbishing the existing one.
Reacting to to the issue, the Director of Elections and Research of the NPP, Evans Nimako, maintained that the party would support and assist a system that would improve and provide credible, transparent, free and fair elections.