Former Central Regional Chairman of the Opposition National Democratic Congress, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, has admitted a new voter’s register is a necessity for a free and fair elections.
The Social Commentator as he preferred to be called was reacting to Lawyer Akoto Ampaw’s suggestion for the EC to use the old register for the 2020 elections.
Lawyer Akoto Ampaw on his Facebook wall called on the Electoral Commission of Ghana to cancel it intended decision to compile a new register as the country is on a partial lockdown.
He is of the view that, any move by the EC to go on with a new register can plunge the country into a huge constitutional crisis.
On a different perspective, Allotey Jacobs explained; “Akoto Ampaw I believe your idea is not bad at all but still I believe that it will not be bad for a new voters register if time should permit”.
The EC since last year has justified why they need to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections.
The EC has said it wants to ensure that the register that is used on the election day is more credible and efficient than the existing one hence the need for a new Biometric Voter Management System (BVMS).
The EC initially scheduled April 18, 2020, for the compilation of the new voters’ register ahead of the December 2020 elections but following the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the country it was postponed and a new date has not been announced.
However, some section of Ghanaians who believe the compilation of a new register is not needed at this crucial moment have said the compilation of a new register is a waste of time and money.
But, the astute communicator believes that a new register for the 2020 elections will not be bad if time permit.
Source: Nana Kwame/Smartandstuck.com