The National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday pulled out of a debate on whether the voters register must be changed or not. The debate is being organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

wpid-jeanmensah.jpgThe NDC said it was unable to participate in the debate because the ?IEA is attempting to usurp or compete with the Electoral Commission (EC) over the voters register issue, which is unacceptable.?

According to a five-point press release signed by the General Secretary of the party, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the EC is the body mandated to deal with all issues relating to election matters.

He said it was very surprising that the IEA was organising the debate after it had been part of a decision taken by the Ghana Political Parties Programme (GPPP) that the EC should be in charge of this matter.

The EC, Mr Asiedu Nketia said, had opened its doors for submissions from political parties, as well as civil society groups, so if the IEA had some concerns, it should be channelled to the EC.

He observed that if the forum was about collating views to formulate a position of the GPPP on the voters register, it was rather belated because a comprehensive report by the GPPP had already been submitted.

However, reacting to the development, the Executive Director of the IEA, Mrs Jean Mensa, said the NDC was entitled to its opinion.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) is expected to hold a forum in the last week of this month (October) during which political parties are expected to make presentations on whether there is a need or not for a new voters register to be compiled ahead of the 2016 election.

The EC expects that at the end of this forum, a consensus would have been reached on this matter, which has sparked a raging public debate among political parties and other civil society organisations.

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