The Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is urging Ghanaians to demand the compilation of a new voters register for the 2016 general elections.
This he said is the ï¿½first necessary step in ensuring that we have free, fair, transparent, and peaceful general elections in 2016.ï¿½
A statement signed by Mr. Otchere-Darko stated that the new register which was compiled ahead of the 2012 general election which was aimed at ï¿½ostensibly cleaning up voters listï¿½in fact ended up representing the votersï¿½ register with the largest percentage size of the population since 1992.ï¿½
He added that without a new register, Ghana will run the ï¿½risk of having another disputed election looms large.ï¿½
Mr. Otchere-Darko who is also a member of the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) admitted that the compilation of a ï¿½new votersï¿½ register would be costly, no doubt.ï¿½
ï¿½I can see a government that is struggling to reduce its load of fiscal deficit resisting at all cost any such extra expenditure. I can also feel some donor fatigue there. But, we should not give up. In fact, we cannot give up! ï¿½
He therefore appealed to ï¿½all political parties, especially the ones in opposition, and all meaning Ghanaians not to give an inch in the push for a credible register for 2016. They must not compromise on this. We can begin with an independent audit of the 2012 register to remove any doubt that it is not credible.ï¿½
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