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AKUFO-ADDO VISITS REGISTRATION CENTRES IN CENTRAL REGION


After touring the Greater Accra Region on Monday to monitor the ongoing limited voter registration exercise, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday continued the monitoring exercise by visiting a few constituencies in the Central Region.

The brief tour of the Central Region saw Nana Akufo-Addo visit five registration centres in the Awutu Senya East, Gomoa East and Mfantseman constituencies.

At the Odupong-Kpehe/Kasoa Urban Council registration centre, located in Kasoa in the Awutu Senya East Constituency, polling agents of the New Patriotic Party told Akufo-Addo that the registration exercise had so far been smooth. According to them, 87 voters were registered on Monday, whilst 55 were registered on TuesdayContinue reading

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AFAG WARNS EC ON ITS ACTIONS TOWARDS ELECTION 2012


The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has noticed with disquiet the attitude and posture of the Electoral Commission in relation to the proposed Biometric registration and its processes as far as the 2012 elections are concerned.

Five successful elections to the credit of the Electoral Commission under the 4th Republican constitution is not sufficient evidence enough, to talk of a trouble and violent free 2012 elections. Indeed considering the EC’s own 2008 post election report, and that of the Commonwealth Observer team, circumspection must be the watchword for all the actors and factors who matters in the electoral processes.

Lessons must be drawn from the recent organized district assembly elections which attracted a wider public condemnation for its poor organization, ever in the history of the fourth republic. This strongly indicates how fallible the electoral commission can be, and must eschew complacency and action ‘otherwise’ Continue reading

AN OPEN LETTER TO GHANA’S ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER DR KWADWO AFARI-GYAN


Dear Dr Afari-Gyan,

Could you kindly unburden me by providing answers to the following burning questions please?

Sir, I would first like to draw your attention to events in late December 2008 when after the second round of voting with no early declaration of a victor in the Presidential elections, members of the NDC, were irresponsibly rallied through Radio Gold by top NDC honchos into preparations to storm your offices to force your hand. Chaos was avoided because the NPP Flagbearer conceded with the support of the outgoing president Kufuor. Question: have you not learnt the lesson that elections are emotive events with incalculable outcomes such as nearly happened in Ghana, and certainly happened in Kenya, Ivory Coast and to a certain extent in Nigeria? It is said that the wise man learns from other people’s mistakes, but the fool ignores such to his peril. In essence therefore, Mr Electoral Commissioner, if you are mindful of delivering free, fair and safe elections – as you ought to in 2012 – how then can you account for the following? Continue reading

The Electoral Commission and the looming pitfalls of the biometric exercise


Since the advent of the 4th Republic, we have agitated for and worked towards a systematic improvement of our electoral system and this effort has been spear headed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP). From the days of opaque ballot boxes and poor voter ID cards which generated massive ballot stuffing, impersonation and multiple voting, we have come a long way and in the process earned international praise for the manner in which our elections have been conducted. The benefits of free, fair and transparent elections are too obvious to restate here and it is in our collective interest to strive to maintain our well-deserved reputation. A credible voters register is the first step towards ensuring an acceptable election.

The chairman of the NPP, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, after several unanswered calls on the EC to convene an IPAC meeting to discuss arrangements towards the voter registration exercise and other matters affecting the 2012 elections, sent another letter to the Chairman of the Electoral Commission last week. Continue reading

2012 POLLS IN DANGER


By Emmanuel Akli Associate Editor

The desire of the Electoral Commission (EC) to organise a sixth successful presidential and parliamentary elections in the country since the promulgation of the 1992 Constitution, is being threatened by the various political parties which are in disagreement with the commission over the way it is trying to compile a new voters’ register to conduct the 2012 general elections.

The EC has indicated that it would no more use the current voter register to conduct the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections, and that a new biometric register, which would help to curb double registration, would be introduced to ensure accurate data on voters in the country.  During the limited registration of voters carried out in 2008, there were reports that minors, who had not turned the mandatory 18 years, were registered by the political parties, especially, in their strongholds, to swell up their votes. Continue reading

Ghana’s Biometric Registration: Some Troubling Questions


The decision to introduce a system of biometric registration as a prelude to implementing biometric voting in future elections in Ghana, is laudable and welcomed by all the political parties. However, intentions apart, the type of equipment chosen, its overall capabilities, and the manner of introducing the system is as important as the idea itself. To that end, this article seeks to pose searching questions with the view to agitating the awareness of stakeholders and the nation at large, and act as a prompt to the governing authorities not to take anything for granted in this important endeavor.

Although Ghana’s 2008 elections were cleared by foreign monitoring agencies as free and fair, there were none-the-less claims and counter claims of numerous electoral malpractices in particular sections of the country notably the Volta and the Ashanti Region, depending on your political persuasion. It was therefore a timely suggestion to introduce biometrics into our electoral system. With this, the omens were good that Ghana was poised to further advance her democracy. Continue reading


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