The Minority in Parliament has asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to brief Parliament on its preparedness and readiness to conduct the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the EC must submit to members of parliament their plans as the country battles with Covid-19.
“The Constitution requires that presidential and parliamentary elections be held this year even as we struggle with COVID. The independent Electoral Commission created under Article 45 of this constitution owes this country and Members of Parliament an explanation.
“They have to be summoned to give us their road map as to their preparedness. They need to appraise this House on their level of preparedness for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary election. If we cannot get them to brief the Committee, on the whole, they have to come to the Special Budget Committee,” Mr. Iddrisu said.
Suspension of new register compilation
The EC was forced to indefinitely hold in abeyance its plans to compile a new voter register which was scheduled to begin on April 18, due to COVID-19.
According to the commission, it is collaborating with health experts to decide on a more favourable date to commence the compilation of a new register depending on the pervasiveness of the pandemic.
Court places injunction on an alleged EC
Just recently, an Accra High Court placed an ex-parte injunction on an alleged EC workshop and a meeting to be held at the City Escape Hotel in Accra.
The EC had announced a national planning meeting and key trainers training workshop to prepare and plan for the upcoming voter registration exercise ahead of the 2020 general election.
The programme was scheduled to take place from 24th to 29th April 2020 at the City Escape Hotel, Prampram, in the Greater Accra Region.
But the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, secured an injunction to stop the workshop from being held.