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General News of Friday, 31 January 2020


EC could not define motive behind new voters’ register – Hassan Ayariga

Hassan Ayariga, ACP founder play videoHassan Ayariga, ACP founder

“We are not satisfied”, were the displeased words presidential candidate of the All People's Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, expressed following the meeting Electoral Commission had with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) on the new voters register.

According to him, the EC does not have a substantial reason to compile a new register.

Despite pressure from the members of the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register, the EC has scheduled April 18, 2020, for the compilation of new voters register for the 2020 elections.

The commission expressed the hope that it will complete the exercise by May 30, 2020.

The EC announced that it needs to replace the register in order to deliver a credible election. The Commission, among other factors, says biometric verification devices linked to the current register are worn out.

However, Ayariga questioned the motive of the EC stating that the Commission is only looking for an excuse to produce a new voter register insisting that the decision by EC has got nothing to do with the voter register’s credibility.

“For us, we think that the EC themselves have come out with a proposal and they are looking for a reason to compile new voters register not because the voter register is not credible.”

“They cannot define a proper reason to compile a new voter register.” He added.

The politician said the EC's Eminent Advisory Committee which had called for an all-inclusive engagement on the issue said it will come to come to a final conclusion after suggestions from stakeholders who attended the meeting.

“The eminent body decides that they will go and advice the EC on what to do next based on the submission form both sides; those for, those against and the EC.

Hassan Ayariga thus called for another meeting for the Eminent Advisory Committee’s report on the all-inclusive engagement on the new voters’ register.

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