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Electoral Commission of Ghana Under Scrutiny for Secret Voter Registration

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana has come under fire for allegedly engaging in secret voter registration at their headquarters, according to Care for Free and Fair Elections Ghana (CARE-GHANA). Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has also raised concerns about the Commission’s actions.

CARE-GHANA has accused the Commission of secretly registering voters while waiting for the passage of the Electoral Commission’s C.I. that will establish clear rules and notice of how the voter registration exercise will be carried out. This has raised concerns about the transparency of the process and the potential for manipulating election results.

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Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, Director of Electoral Services at the Commission, has rebuffed these claims. He explained that the only people who were registered were five Ghanaians who were living abroad and had missed the opportunity to register. The Supreme Court ruling stated that if a Ghanaian living abroad applies to the Commission to be registered, they must do it. Since then, when they apply, the Commission does it for them using the current C.I. 91 until the new C.I. is passed. So far, five Ghanaians have been registered using the Supreme Court judgment.

Kwesi Pratt Jnr. criticized the Commission’s actions, stating that voter registration is not done arbitrarily. The political parties have the right to challenge the registration process, and there are grounds for challenging a registration like whether or not an individual is a Ghanaian. With this secretive method, it is unclear how the parties will be able to verify the registration process.

The allegations and concerns raised by CARE-GHANA and Kwesi Pratt Jnr. highlight the need for transparency and fairness in the electoral process. Any voter registration exercise must be conducted openly and transparently, with clear rules and guidelines in place to ensure that the process is fair and free from any potential manipulation.

In conclusion, the Electoral Commission of Ghana must take note of the concerns raised by CARE-GHANA and Kwesi Pratt Jnr. and work to address them. The Commission must ensure that any voter registration exercise is conducted in a transparent and fair manner, with clear guidelines in place to prevent any potential manipulation of election results. The integrity of the electoral process is vital for Ghana’s democracy, and the Commission must work to safeguard it.

 

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