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Politics of Wednesday, 19 August 2015

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EC convenes IPAC meeting over voters register demands

The Electoral Commission (EC) is calling for an emergency Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Friday to deliberate on calls for a new voter register.

The meeting comes on the back of calls by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the EC to compile a new register before the 2016 election.

The NPP is of the opinion that the current register is bloated and not credible for the next general elections.

Friday’s IPAC meeting is expected to deliberate on the issue with the political parties, so a common ground is achieved.

The People’s National Convention (PNC) said a new voter register will not necessarily guarantee a free and fair election in 2016.

According to Mr Monah, a new register may still have names of foreigners if adequate measures are not put in place to purge it.

He argued that instead of creating a new register, the EC should aim at rather purging it.

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has also downplayed assertions by the opposition NPP as evidence to back the call for a revision of the voters register.

The NDC scribe argued that statements by the NPP suggesting that some foreigners vote in the country should not be upheld.

“If it is now that they have identified these names, they should go and use the same procedure. The door is not closed, and that should not be the reason why we should throw away a credible register, they should go and prove that there are people there who are not there and they will be deleted,” he said.