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National Executives of the Ghana Freedom Party have sent a proposal to the Electoral Commission, backing the New Patriotic Party’s call for a new voters’ register.

The call comes as surprise considering unbreakable the relationship which exist between the Madam Akua Donkor, flagbearer of GFP and senior members of the ruling National Democratic Congress including the president.

Her party’s view on the subject has been captured in a lengthy
document copied to the Electoral Commission and signed by
national executives of the GFP.


Below is a copy of the proposal

PROPOSAL FOR CONSIDERATION ON THE NEED FOR NEW
GHANAIAN VOTERS’ REGISTER
BY GHANA FREEDOM PARTY
(GFP) TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION, GHANA


 

Table of Content                                            Pages

Introduction………………………………..............1

Problem Statement……………………………….....1

Conclusion………………………………………………4

Recommendations……………………………………4

 

 
Introduction

We first of all appreciate the opportunity extended to us
as a political party in the country to share our views on
the need for our country, Ghana to whether or not to
replace the old voters’ register for the sake of smooth
and credible elections in 2016, thereby ensuring peace
in the country.

In Ghana, biometric was important in restoring the public’s
confidence in the electoral process after the controversial
2008 elections. We are of the strongest opinion to humbly
ask your august Institution which has the independent
mandate to steer the affairs of the country’s elections to
consider our views for a new national voters’ register.

Before we proceed we will want to remind you that as an
independent institution your service is for the good people
of this country to experience peace. Therefore, we want
remand you that the nation’s interest is supreme in this
regard. We want to emphatically state that we share in the
widely held view across the political parties and the nation
at large that the 2012 voters’ register is bloated with flaws.

Problem Statement

A recent report by the Electoral Integrity Project found voter
registers most problematic component of the electoral process
worldwide. Almost every African election is accompanied by
polemics about the reliability of the voter register, allegations
of double voting and votes by minors and foreigners which
Ghana cannot be left out. For this reason we the national
executive and the entire members GFP propose for the
consideration the under listed points on the need for
new national voters’ register;

·         Firstly, the perception that the 2012 voters’ register
is flawed with minors and foreigners names are a major
concern since it gives room for mistrust on the register,
making it loose its credibility.

·         Secondly, there is a court ruling on the use of the
health insurance for national voter’s registration. It was
realized that foreigners who were part of the insurance
scheme participated in the national registration process
which was used for the 2012 Ghanaian general election.

This therefore makes the voters’ register to be void hence
cannot be used for future election in Ghana. This was
supported by the evident when it was ruled by
Supreme Court that it was null and void to use the NHIS
cards to register for elections since it could not be
accepted as an official identification card in the country.

·         In addition to that, we are of the believed that some
EC officials were influenced by some political parties to
cause the 2012 voters’ register bloated. We are saying
this because we have reliable information that some EC
officials were motivated financially to connive with a
particular party in 2012 general election to rig the
elections.

We currently have information that some people have been
posted to some strategic constituencies in the country
for schemed electoral malpractices in ahead of the 2016
general elections and thus want to prompt the EC and all
stakeholders to be vigilant to avert this situation.

·         Further, it was realized that during the Supreme
Court trial over the 2012 election petition
Dr Afari Gyan, the former chairman of
Electoral Commission (EC), himself confirmed that the
register contained 5,000 Ghanaians living abroad (Diasporas),
but it turned out that only 700 of them were truly identified
in the register and even among this number only 55 were
able to vote during the 2012 elections.

·         Again it can also be recalled that some years ago a
sitting Member of Parliament (MP)  argued that the Volta
region belong to Togoland, which was then called
Trans Volta land subsequently published a book on it 
to reemphasized his claims.

As a political party our investigations revealed that the
current civil war in Ivory Coast made it possible to
transport nearly 1.3 million refugees into the country
and as a result of that about 978,000 of them registered
and voted in Ghanaian elections in 2012. Therefore,
we want to say that, the claim does not hold.
Since there should be a mechanism to distinguishes
between the Ghanaian voters on the borderlands
from the Togolese and other nationals.

·         According to the running mate of
New Patriotic Party ,Dr Mahamadu Bawumia
about 76,000 Togolese names were found in the
Ghana’s voters’ register, which represent 10 percent
of the total number of the voter population of the
register.

If this is anything to go by then one can assume that
100 percent of this voter flawed in the register can be
estimated to be 4 million. A situation which is very
disturbing and worrisome and this we believe should
be a basis to get new voters’ register but not just cleaning it.

·         It is obvious almost all political parties perceive
the existing political voter register as bloated making
it lose its credibility and this can jeopardize the future
security of the country if something drastic is not done
to correct the anomaly .

In addition to that information peddling around the media
suggesting that the voters register is inflated with
foreigners and minors is an indicative that all is not well
with the register. That is why we the Ghana Freedom Party
(GFP) are proposing for a new national voter’s register
and its exhibition for a stipulated time of not less than one month.

·         Last but not the least, it was found that the 2012 voters’
register is flawed in monumental proportion with minors’
names in part and this alone is a justification to get a new
voter register. The argument that the names of minors found
in the register should be allowed to stay in it till they reach
18 years is preposterous since it falls flat against the
provision of the electoral laws which stipulates that only
people who are 18 years and above and are of sound mind
are eligible to be registered to vote in Ghana’s elections.

Conclusion

In view of this electoral challenges we think it would be
most appropriate for the EC to adopt a permanent
identification cards for future elections .It should also
have permanent registration cards for elections.

This should guide us not to make a mistake. That is why it
is possible for our brothers and sisters in Ivory Coast,
Togo and Baukina Faso to have interrelations, thereby
creating avenue for double registration on these border
lands. In this vain, we call on the EC to put in place a
mechanism to check this situation.

Recommendations

First of all, we want to recommend to the EC to have a
new voter’s register which the NHIS card as ruled by
the Supreme court should not be used in the registration
process.

Secondly, we want to suggest that the EC should have
collating boards mounted in all the constituencies, regions
across the country in addition to central collating board
at a strategic place like Independence square for
greater and effective electoral communication.

We are also proposing that the EC should have self
auditing system which should at least be supervised by
about five (5) permanent staff each in every district
across the country to audit the register at least once
in every month. 

The EC should have special time to invite all political
parties’ representatives to audit the register with the
help of them.

We also want to suggest that the EC should have
mechanism to identify foreigners who are at certain
point in time are evacuated into the country as a
result of political unrest in their countries.

We also would want to recommend that the EC should
have 10-year strategic road map for the country’s
electoral elections.

In this vain we would want to urge the EC to establish
data centre which will be coordinated with the data base
of Electoral Commission (EC) and National Identification
Authority (NIA) and Birth and Death registry Department.
This will pave the way for every eligible voter to be
electronically registered, verified and vote electronically
so that their votes casted are as well countered electronically.

Further this brings in mind a question about the kind of
technology the EC is currently using and in this regard
we the Ghana Freedom Party would want to know from
the EC what kind of technology it is using. We are asking
this question because we are of the view that the
technology was compromised that is why we currently
have a bloated and flawed voters’ register.

In this connection, we would want to recommend that
the EC procures a new technology which should be
known to at least IT experts from all political parties in
the country to know its workings and operations to
engender trust among us and the entire people of the
country.

We also would want to propose that the electronic
machines should have power back-ups to avoid
random faults on the voting day.

We are of the view that the register should be discussed
dispassionately, intellectually and with proper analysis
base on facts and figures devoid of emotions,
sentiments and personal attacks.

Our President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama is on
record to have gone to Togo in his capacity as ECOWAS
Chairman to convince the Togolese Government to do a
new voter register and as results of that the Togolese are
enjoying peace in their country. Although the Economic
situation in the country might not be good, comparatively
and certainly cannot be compared to volumes and lives
of the people of Ghana in case there is political unrest as
a result of dispute over bloated register.

Lets us all forge ahead and help ourselves to develop the
country.

Sig:

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Kwaku Abankwa                    Agyenim   Boateng

National Chairman                 General Secretary

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Ernest  Berko                       Alex Ababio

National Organizer                National Communication
                                          Director        

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Juliet Mamould                     Doreen  Amoako

National Women Organizer    Dep. Women Organiser                                        
 
 
 
Source: Chris Joe Quaicoe/ email:[email protected]
 
 

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