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General News of Sunday, 24 May 2020


New Register: EC fully aware of challenges ahead with limited time - Sylvia Annor

Madam Sylvia Annor, Head of Public Affairs at the Commission Madam Sylvia Annor, Head of Public Affairs at the Commission

Madam Sylvia Annor, Head of Public Affairs at the Electoral Commission, has affirmed that no political party should sympathize with them about the number of months left for the 2020 general elections to take place and their insistence on compiling a new voters' register despite the limited time.

According to her, as the election management body, they have weighed all the challenges involved and are already aware of the consequences involved in compiling a new voter register with limited time available.

"Even though we will encounter challenges, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages to be encountered during and after the exercise," she said on UTV's 'Adekye Nsroma' morning show programme.

" . . nobody should feel we are under pressure to do this because we are not," she insisted.

Madam Sylvia Annor indicated that the Commission has outlined safety precautions to be observed during the registering period to ensure Ghanaians are safe.

She said they are taking every possible lawful step to compile a new voter register to help the country have a fair and credible register for elections.

EC Relentless

The Electoral Commission of Ghana says it will definitely compile a new Voters' Register despite calls for them to reconsider due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

There have been several calls for the electoral body to only conduct a limited registration exercise instead of compiling a new voters' register.

Per the argument, the number of people that will take part in a limited registration exercise will be less than in a new voters' register and can be controlled.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has opposed the EC's decision for a new register before the outbreak of the virus with one of their reason being that it is expensive. Now, their argument is that it is not safe to compile a new voters' register because of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, they have accused the EC of ganging up with the National Identification Authority to rig the upcoming election in favour of the ruling government