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The Electoral Commission (EC) has admitted receiving proposals for electoral reforms but says it is taking time to study through them.

According to the Commission, it will sift through all the proposals before considering them for implementation.

To that end, a nine-member committee has been set up to study all the proposals.

The committee has representatives of political parties, the Commission and civil society organisations.

EC Chairman Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan said the committee is expected to submit recommendations to the Commission regarding which of the proposals can be implemented immediately and which will require some form of parliamentary approval.

?[The Committee] will sift through the proposals and tell us which ones may be done immediately and which ones require legal backing and, therefore, have to go to the legislature and so on.

?So that will be the job of the committee,? Dr Afari Gyan said about the work of the committee.

He noted that there was an agreement between the Commission and the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in setting up the committee.

He said any proposal that is agreed upon by all parties will be implemented to the letter before the 2016 elections.

Ghana?s presidential elections in 2012 ended in controversy as the largest opposition party New Patriotic Party (NPP) challenged the results in court.

The party claimed the Commission and the incumbent, National Democratic Congress (NDC), had connived to tweak the results for John Dramani Mahama, NDC?s candidate.

The Supreme Court dismissed that claim after eight months of tussle.

The Court, however, called for reforms of the country?s electoral laws to avoid further disputes.

Source:?Emmanuel Kwame Amoh, tv3network

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