General News of Thu, 22 Oct 201549
Flaws in Ghana’s voters roll irredeemable – Gabby
A leading member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Otchere Darko says the current voters register is deeply flawed and requires more than a thorough clean-up.
According to him, instances from the past suggest that the register continues to be bloated even after a thorough cleaning.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Gabby Otchere Darko observed that after “the last major registration in 2012, the Electoral Commission announced in June that it found a little over 8,000 double registrations on the register.”
He said, “a year later at the Supreme Court, Afari Gyan mentioned the same figure. Two years later, the EC came back to say it had found another 68,000. A month later after the limited registration, the number shoots up to 72,000…the NPP just last month came out with over 2,000 double registrations on the register.”
“So we’ve been cleaning this register and every time we clean it, we found something wrong with it. It tells you that there is something fundamentally wrong irredeemably with the register and if we want to go ahead and say we want to play with it while the basis of the register itself is flawed, then you have an issue.”
The NPP has petitioned the Electoral Commission with supposed evidence to back their claims that the current register is bloated with names of minors and foreigners, but the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) disagrees.
According to the NDC, the register needs cleaning or auditing instead of compiling a new one.
But Gabby Otchere Darko maintained that it is dangerous to go into the 2016 general elections with a register that is flawed.
“We have to ask, how do we have a register that will not be open to query, questions and doubts. That should be the question and not the other way round,” he said.