Christian Council urges stakeholder dialogue over new voters’ register brouhaha

Christian Council urges stakeholder dialogue over new voters’ register brouhaha

Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo - Chairman, Christian Council of Ghana

The Christian Council of Ghana has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to as a matter of urgency, reach out to all relevant stakeholders before taking a final decision on the compilation of a new voters’ register.

The Council says the resentment between the Electoral Commission and some opposition political parties over the new register is not the best. Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo in an interview said the EC and the political parties must arrive at a concession that will be in the best interest of the country.

“Let us all come together and agree on what is best for Ghanaians. That is the most important issue. It is what is best for the people in Ghana and also in the interest of the country and not for selfish gains,” he said.

What is the brouhaha regarding the new voters’ register?

The Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register has been met with mixed reactions from most political actors in the country. Whereas the NDC and some opposition parties including the PNC are against the decision to compile a new register, the NPP and 12 other political parties have rallied behind the EC’s decision.

Regardless of the resistance posed, the EC is still poised on proceeding with the exercise but later, had to halt the exercise following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the EC, it will observe the necessary safety protocols if the time comes for the compilation exercise commence in June.

Meanwhile, a pilot registration exercise was held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in some selected areas across the country. The process has so far been faced with some challenges. But the EC says it will address such challenges.