The Divisional Queen mother of Ngleshie Amanfro in the Ga South municipality, Nana Tambia IV, has advised the Electoral Commission and political stakeholders to engage the public in close consultation before taking any decision on the introduction of a new voters register.
She asserted that the political temperature in the nation ahead of the 2020 electioneering is heightened, amidst ill-trust amongst stakeholders, hence her advice.
Speaking in an interview with Newslinegh.com, the outspoken and influential Divisional Queen mother noted that, trust and all-inclusiveness are ingredients needed in any democratic exercise, especially multiparty democracy.
Adding that Ghana is one nation with a common identity, whose citizens and players of its democracy has co-existed with understanding and compromises over the period; a feature that has sustained its democracy and earned it coveted international glory.
She stated further that in view of this, it presents stakeholders who are charged with running our elections, to be in tune with the masses, those whose mandate they either seek or whose sovereign authority they conduct elections on.
She added that, instead of all the parties taking entrenched positions on the issue, there should be compromises and accommodation.
She was hopeful that it is the only way that Ghana would chalk another democratic millstone in a very successful election 2020.
It would be recalled that the Electoral Commission on March 27th, 2019, indicated in a Press release that it would compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 elections and procure new machines for same, since the old Biometric Verification Devices available are obsolete.
This has generated heated exchanges and further polarised the political front with the major political parties taking opposing sides.
The CDD, NDC and other major civil society organizations have kicked against the move, with the former assertion that a “new register is unnecessary and the NDC accusing the EC of “being dishonest” in the matter.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some Thirteen (13) other political parties on the other hand, have supported the move.