General News of 2013-12-30

Ghanaians must demand a new voters register - Gabby

Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, is urging Ghanaians to demand the compilation of a new voters register for the 2016 general elections.
This, he said, is the “first necessary step in ensuring that we have free, fair, transparent, and peaceful general elections in 2016.”
A statement signed by Mr. Otchere-Darko stated that the new register which was compiled ahead of the 2012 general election which was aimed at “ostensibly cleaning up voters list…in fact ended up representing the voters’ register with the largest percentage size of the population since 1992.”
He added that without a new register, Ghana will run the “risk of having another disputed election”.
Mr. Otchere-Darko who is also a member of the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), admitted that the compilation of a “new voters’ register would be costly, no doubt.”
“I can see a government that is struggling to reduce its load of fiscal deficit resisting at all cost any such extra expenditure. I can also feel some donor fatigue there. But, we should not give up. In fact, we cannot give up! ”
He, therefore, appealed to “all political parties, especially the ones in opposition, and all meaning Ghanaians not to give an inch in the push for a credible register for 2016. They must not compromise on this. We can begin with an independent audit of the 2012 register to remove any doubt that it is not credible.”