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EC Entrenched Position On New Voter Register Dangerous- CFF-GH - The Republic
Community Front Foundation Ghana,(CFF, GH) a democratic oriented Civil Society Organisation( CSO) that advocate for good governance, has expressed worried of the Electoral Commission (EC) entrenched position on the compilation of a new Voter Registrar for the 2020 general elections. According to the Foundation, public comment by a Deputy Commissioner, Samuel Tetteh, that the EC would go ahead to compile the new register despite been kicked against by some Ghanaians, is an indication the EC has no respect for the views of Ghanaians and the political parties. The Deputy EC Boss was reacting to a press conference by. Inter-Party Resistance against the new Voter Register. But CFF, GH in a Press Release dated Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and signed by its Executive Director, Richard Kasu, reminded the EC that the 1992 Constitution of Ghana is supreme and that the views and concerns of Ghanaians must be respected. He said the EC led by Jean Mensah could not work in isolation and that despite the Constitutional mandate and right to compile a new Voter Register as it deems fit as an independent body, it must be done with a broader consultation and with the utmost respect to the sensibility of Ghanaians who held contrary opinions. “We want to put on record that the EC as an independent state institution cannot operate in isolation.” “For the avoidance of doubt, the same constitution the EC is riding on also mandates it to serve the paramount interest of the Ghanaians.” “Mr. Samuel Tetteh however need to be reminded that no matter how insulated the EC is by the constitution, one will expect the election management body to be seen closely engaging its traditional stakeholders especially the political parties broadly in the spirit of participatory decision making, ” it said. “It is worth noting that the entrenched position seemed to have been taken on the proposed new register by the EC, the referee in Ghana’s elections can ring alarm bell of suspicions among the political players which has the potency of destabilizing country, ” the statement added. The Foundation however urged the EC to abandoned the process of procuring a new Register for it us not a current priority of Ghanaians. Read Full Statement PRESS RELEASE: *RE: We will compile new voter’s register whether you are in favour or not.* Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-GH) wishes to express its displeasure about the response supposedly made by the Electoral Commission’s Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations, Mr.Samuel Tetteh that despite the public outcry and genuine concerns raised by Ghanaians including some political parties who undeniably are key stakeholders of the electoral process, the EC will go ahead with the compilation with the controversial new register whether the country support it or not. CFF-GH consider the said statement allegedly made by the EC very unfortunate and insulting to, say the least. We want to put on record that the EC as an independent state institution cannot operate in isolation. For the avoidance of doubt, the same constitution the EC is riding on also mandates it to serve the paramount interest of the Ghanaian people. Mr.Samuel Tetteh however needs to be reminded that no matter how insulated the EC is by the constitution, one will expect the election management body to be seen closely engaging its traditional stakeholders especially the political parties broadly in the spirit of participatory decision making. It is worth noting that the entrenched position that have been taken on the proposed new register by the EC, the referee in Ghana’s elections can ring alarm bell of suspicions among the political players which has the potency of destabilizing our country. As a democratic oriented CSO which advocates for good governance, we are of the strongest view that we do not need a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections having taken i o account the EC’s own recent statement which they emphatically stated that the voters’ register in its current state is very credible for any elections in Ghana. Also, we are by this statement calling on the EC to stop all plans towards the compilation of a new register because it is not one of our priorities a a country for now. We have other pressing national issues which needs urgent attention. The over Ghc 400 Million reportedly approved by parliament should rather be used for sustainable intervention projects aimed at relieving the suffering Ghanaian masses from the excruciating pain occasioned by the harsh economic conditions in the country. Thank you and God bless our homeland Ghana. *Sgd* Mr.Mr hard Kasu (Executive Director) 0248640364 08/01/2020 Cc: 1. 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