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Ghana’s Electoral Commission Accused Of Manipulating The Electoral Process.

By Solomon Opoku – Accra, Ghana, Friday, January 17, 2020. 

Jean Mensah – Head of Ghana’s Electoral Commission.

The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has been accused of manipulating the electoral process, sources say, citing an early decision raised in March 27, 2019, to compile a new Biometric Voters Register for 2020 General Election. 

Looking critically at the period left for Ghanaians to line up at the various polling centers across the country, one could easily conclude the current EC boss, Jean Mensah is only trying to follow and satisfy those who appointed her to such a prestigious office, a concerned voter said.

Another Ghanaian who spoke to National Telegraph said; it’s becoming the norm in Ghanas’ politics and a strategy that every Government intends to use to aid its party wins Election. 

The decision was announced during the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting which was held on 27 March 2019. The EC is now out requesting for funds to embark on this national exercise. 

Compiling a New Biometric Voters Register is a mandate given to the EC by the 1992 Constitution (article 45) but many have quizzed what’s wrong with the same register that was used during the 2016 election?

This was the register that took President Nana Akuffo Addo to the statehouse, a pundit said, questioning if the register has lost its credibility? I” isn’t it a waste of state resources compiling new register when there is a change of Government?.

There’s a growing sense of mistrust in voters who are now saying the EC which is seen to be one of the neutral bodies in the country is now turning into a manipulative field for political parties to operate their way out in elections. 

There is always a new EC Boss when a new Government resumes office in the country which later leads to the compiling of a New Voters’ Register, sources lament.

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