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General News of Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Source: Peace FM

CPP has made no decision to support EC's new voters register - Kwesi Pratt


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Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt has refuted claims that the Convention People's Party (CPP) supports the compilation of a new voters' register by the Electoral Commission (EC).

The new voters' registration exercise is scheduled to begin on June 30 this year and will last for 38 days across the nation.

Meanwhile, there is a strong opposition against the EC's decision for a new register as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other individuals have dragged the Commission to the Supreme Court seeking several declarations over the registration exercise.

The NDC placed before the Supreme Court two reliefs with one being that the court should direct the EC to include the voters' ID card in the registration process and the other relief they sought was for the court to determine whether or not it is constitutional for the Commission to hold the registration exercise.

The party however dropped their relief about the constitutionality of the EC's decision to conduct the exercise and is now praying the highest court of the land to determine whether or not the decision to abandon the voters' ID card as an identification document for the impending mass registration exercise is constitutional.

Other parties are also praying the court to hear the case on whether or not the EC should compile a new voters' register.

Following all these law suits, the EC is poised to conduct the exercise and a publication in the Daily Graphic on Monday, June 16 indicates that six political parties including the CPP have thrown their weight behind the EC.

Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo', Kwesi Pratt stated the reports that the CPP is solidly behind the EC to compile the new register is a complete falsehood.

He stated emphatically that there has been no such attempt by the CPP.

"I am a member of the Central Committee of the Convention People's Party. I am Chairman of the Logistics Committee of the party. The party has never taken any such decision. Yes, the party has not taken any decision to support the compilation of a new voters' register," he exclaimed.

''So, how come CPP has been drawn into this whereas CPP hasn't said any such thing?'' he further questioned.

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