Parliament summons EC chair over limited voter registration

Parliament has summoned the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, to brief the House on initiatives being undertaken by the Commission to increase public confidence in Ghana’s electoral process.
He is expected to appear before Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday, 18 June.
Although the Majority Leader, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, who announced the meeting with the EC Chairman on Friday, did not provide further details, the meeting is expected to focus on the EC’s intention to open the voters roll in order to register those who have attained the age of 18 since the last registration exercise.
The announcement by the EC to open the register has generated much debate.
Some political parties have argued that the voters register has not been cleaned since the 2012 elections and so adding more names to it would bloat it.
In their view, the EC must first remove ghost names and the names of deceased people from the register before embarking on an exercise to register new voters.
Other issues relating to the electoral process are also expected to come up for discussion.
Source: Daily Graphic

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