Madam Jean Mensa, Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, has advocated moving the Presidential and Parliamentary elections from December to November.
In addition to this suggestion, she indicated a wish to make election days national holidays.
These proposals were reviewed in the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024, where the Electoral Commission made these key recommendations.
While advocating for an earlier election month, the Commission underlined that making election days national holidays will increase civic involvement and help to develop a better democratic culture.
However, during the discussion, the majority of political parties raised doubts about the possibility of achieving such reforms this year.
Concerns were expressed regarding potential logistical challenges, the need for legislative revisions, and the importance of a full public engagement process before adopting such a radical change.
Despite the political parties’ worries, the Electoral Commission promised them that more conversations and deliberations will take place.
It is worth mentioning that the Commission has already stated its determination to ban the use of indelible ink in the next presidential and parliamentary elections. However, District Assembly elections were recently held without the use of indelible ink, even before the revision of Regulation 33, sub-regulation 2(c) of C.I. 127.