Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei
Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei

The EC said it will not  fall for any of such incessant demands to go into the 2016 elections with a new voters’ register.

Charlotte Osei, EC Boss
Charlotte Osei, EC Boss

The issue of a new voters register has been a concer for many people including political parties, with some making claims for new register whilst others defending the existing one.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) especially, is unsatisfied by the report of a five-member panel of eminent persons who looked at the merit and demerit of a new electoral roll.

The party has threatened legal action against the EC in that regard.

However, the chairperson of the EC Charlotte Osei said her outfit will always do what is right and legal in the interest of Ghana.

“An electoral management body should never be stampeded into taking a decision by political parties and that’s why the constitution grants you that independence,” Mrs Osei stated.

“People may try to stampede and that’s why you have to stand your grounds and do what you know is right… There is inclusiveness in the sense that you need to listen to the views of all the stakeholders and examine their views and take it on board when you can. But you must always do what is right and what is legal,” she said.

She also refuted the claims put up by the NPP that the Electoral Commission failed to do due diligence by contacting the Togolese EC over claims that about 70, 000 nationals have their names and pictures in Ghana’s electoral register.

The EC Boss asked the NPP and any other body that might be dissatisfied with her statement to visit the office of the Commission for copies of letters to the Togolese electoral commission.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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