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General News of Friday, 3 July 2020

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Flashback: Akufo-Addo raises red flag about electoral register


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In July 2014 President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was then a flagbearer for his party made known his intentions to fix the broken credibility of the existing voters register.

According to him, the electoral register was completely out of tune with the register of all equivalent neighbouring countries.

He is quoted to have said while addressing members of the United Kingdom (UK) branch of the NPP that, “Even South Africa, which has the highest involvement of people in politics of the entire continent cannot register such huge percentage of people for their register".

He continued; "if nothing at-all, the Supreme Court case in Ghana after the 2012 elections showed abundance evidence of double registration and all the things that went on, that we all saw with our eyes before the Supreme Court, and there is a need for all of us to work together to bring about the changes that will give Ghana a credible electoral system".

Read the full story originally published on July 03, 2014, on Ghanaweb

The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who is also an aspiring flagbearer for the party in 2016 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has strongly questioned the credibility of Ghana's electoral register that was used in the last elections.

Nana Akufo Addo said the electoral register is completely out of tune with the register of all equivalent neighbouring countries, stressing: "Even South Africa, which has the highest involvement of people in politics of the entire continent cannot register such huge percentage of people for their register".

Nana Akufo Addo cited a number of countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and other countries in Africa that all have electoral registers well below 50 per cent, however, in Ghana the figure is 56%..

He made the observation while addressing members of the United Kingdom (UK) branch of the NPP.

He sees this as a critical task before the New Patriotic Party and wants the party’s leadership to do something about this questionable register in Ghana.

Nana Akufo-Addo charged the party’s leadership to outline a programme to compel the changes necessary to ensure a clean and credible election in 2016.

Nana Akufo-Addo Stated that; "if nothing at-all, the Supreme Court case in Ghana after the 2012 elections showed abundance evidence of double registration and all the things that went on, that we all saw with our eyes before the Supreme Court, and there is a need for all of us to work together to bring about the changes that will give Ghana a credible electoral system".

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