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General News of Saturday, 15 August 2015

Source: myjoyonline

A new voters’ register may compromise it more – Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says any attempt to replace the current voters’ register may open the floodgates for the register to be compromised the more.

He argued that the same motivation that led to political parties sponsoring minors to register to vote still exist and compiling a fresh register will only create avenues for more minors to be registered.

Asiedu Nketia was discussing calls for a new voters’ register on Joy FM and MultiTV’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, Saturday, August 15, 2015.

The opposition New Patriotic Party has been pushing for the compilation of a new register, contending that the current one is so flawed is cannot be relied on credible elections next year.

Asiedu Nketia said it was generally agreed before the 2012 poll that there were minors on the register used for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

He, however, maintained that “as we sit here today we do not have a better way to stop minors from registering.”

He said in any case persons who registered in 2012 (if they were 14 at the time), would turn 18 in 2016 and would thus be qualified.

"Listening to Kwabena, it reinforces my belief that the register is credible and indeed they have nothing against the register because all the arguments I have heard, none is compelling enough to warrant the replacement of the voters' register," he stressed.