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General News of Monday, 17 August 2015

Source: citifmonline

Nana Addo to justify calls for new voters’ register

Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia will lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Tuesday to address the nation on the party’s push for fresh voters register for the 2016 general elections.

The highlight of the event will be a presentation by Dr. Bawumia, which according to them, exposes the flaws in the current register.

Before the presentation at a news conference in Accra in the morning, the General Secretary of the Party, Kwabena Agyepong, and Dr. Bawumia, will present a document at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission headed by Mrs Charlotte Osei.

This comprehensive document, sources say, contains evidence of the NPP’s case for a new register, including the evidence of their findings.

Meanwhile, 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.

He also said a fresh register will only create avenues for more minors to be registered.

However, a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Richard Amoako-Baah, has also backed calls for a new voters register, insisting that a new register will guarantee credible polls in 2016.

According to Dr. Richard Amoako-Baah, the current voters register has raised suspicion among the political parties themselves and just cleaning is not an option.

The NPP argues that with a voter population of about 14 million, Ghana has a questionable and statistically indefensible rate of 56 percent of its population being above 18 years.

Speaking to Citi News, the Head of the History and Political Studies Department in the Faculty of Social Science atKNUST, Dr. Richard Amoako-Baah is of the view that Ghana needs a new register to earn the confidence of all political parties and the international community in the 2016 elections.