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Politics of Friday, 23 October 2015

Source: GNA

UCF disapproves demands for new voters register

The United Cadres Front (UCF) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed disregard towards claims for a new voters register.

Mr Efanam Felix Nyaku, Member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the UCF said at a news conference in Accra that it is prudent that the voters register be reviewed than to have a totally new register that would lead to waste of resources, time and effort.

“Let the register stay and be improved; let those who have attained the ages of 18 and beyond be given the chance to register; let the dead be removed from the register; and if there are any alien names found in the register with evidence, let them also be removed,” he said.

He said as a country and as individuals and groups, everyone has the right both natural and constitutional to speak and share his or her thoughts and feelings; however all must be done within the confines of practicality and social justice.

He said no individual or groups should take for granted the silent “majority who has chosen the path of letting the Electoral Commission (EC) prosecute its constitutional mandate”.

Mr Nyaku said everybody is calling for a credible voter’s register and that is the right thing to do; however nobody has told the EC and the public how to do that.

He noted that the polarisation of the nation’s politics has deepened the already entrenched positions especially of the two main political parties – the NDC and New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Mr Nyaku said nobody has the right to force the EC to do his or her will as stated in Article 46 of the 1992 constitution.

He therefore called on all citizens and well-wishers to allow the EC to continue its operations as it has started by receiving the petition of the NPP and also allowing stakeholders to state their views.

“We appeal to the youth of this country not to be lured into doing anything that will disturb the peaceful atmosphere we are now enjoying as a country.”

Mr Sammy Donkor, another member of the IMC told the GNA in interview that Ghana’s politics has grown from the early 1940’s and therefore need maturity in the processes, to be devoid of violence and political intimidations.

He urged citizens of the country to dialogue and resolve all political differences to maintain the tranquility of the country.

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