The Electoral Commission of Ghana has denied allegations that it has deliberately removed some names of National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters from the provisional voters’ register.
The major opposition party in Ghana has not been happy with the development, forcing its flagbearer John Mahama to suspend his national campaign to address the issue.
Mr. Mahama has expressed dissatisfaction over how the EC leadership is handling concerns being raised by political parties in the lead up to the general polls in December.
“Your incompetence is legendary. There is so much chaos and disorder and it has a potential to create chaos in this country. We are not confident in the process that is going on. There is too much anarchy and disorder,” the former president said before suspending his campaign in the Bono Region.
However, in a sharp response, the electoral management body said the NDC’s allegations are “false.”“We assure the General Public that these allegations are unfounded. For the information of the Public, the Exhibition of the Provisional Voters Register has been provided for in the Law (CI 91). The Law, recognising that a registration process is not full proof, has provided a mechanism called “Exhibition” to allow citizens to verify their details to ensure that they are captured in the register or that their details such as sex, age, name etc. are accurate. The Exhibition also affords Voters the opportunity to correct any errors detected. Additionally, the Law provides for “inclusion” to allow persons who registered but whose names are not on the register, to file to be included in the register. This process is not new and has always formed part of our processes,” the commission said in a statement.
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