Founder and leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga is predicting a massive increase in voter apathy should the Electoral Commission proceed with its decision to compile a new voters register.
According to the politician and businessman, a significant number of voters, out of disenchantment with the governing NPP and opposition NDC, have already taken a position to boycott the upcoming general elections hence his claim that any move to further complicate the voting process will increase the rate of apathy toward the election.
Hassan Ayariga posits that a lot of Ghanaians are against the proposed new voters register and therefore will not partake in its compilation, stressing that the country may record its worst ever voter turnout in the 2020 general elections if care is not taken.
“A lot of people don’t want the new voters register. Look, already we have voter apathy. Are you aware of that, that Ghanaians are not willing to vote? Ghanaians are unhappy with the leadership of the NPP, Ghanaians are not happy with the leadership of the NDC and for which reason there is voter apathy, he intimated on Metro TV’s evening show, Good Evening Ghana.
“We will see a low turnout in 2020 and if we dare go in for a new voters register, we will register not more than 3 million Ghanaians; people will not go and register,” he added.
Although he believes in principle that there is nothing wrong with having a new voters register, he said the arguments being advanced by the EC as basis for same are not “encouraging and convincing”.
He is of the view that the decision to compile a new register should be accompanied by more tangible reasons, reasons he believes are currently lacking in the EC’s justifications.
Hassan Ayariga is expressing disquiet with the limited time left for the exercise indicating that “we cannot finish the registration in a month.”
“The EC needs to wait for the population census to be conducted for them to be able to have a proper a data system of the population and people living in Ghana”.
Part of the arguments put forward by the EC for the creation of the new register is that some of their machines are obsolete and ineffective for which reason new ones need to be procured.
But for the APC leader, that argument is untenable because new machines can be bought without having to generate a new register, ABC News can report.
“We are telling the EC, if you have a problem and you believe that your data will crash, save and buy a much better server that you can transfer all your systems including the fingerprints to so that we don’t need to go and start doing a new voters register where people have to go and queue,” he stated.