Is EC Really Ready For November Polls? – CODEO Questions


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At a round-table discussion on Wednesday, which consisted of some stake holders in the electoral process, The National Co-ordinator of CODEO, Albert Kofi Arhin, raised questions concerning the decision of the Election Steering Committee as regards the November polls.

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) worries that the Electoral Commission might just not be ready for the general elections. At a round-table discussion on Wednesday, which consisted of some stake holders in the electoral process. The National Co-ordinator of CODEO, Albert Kofi Arhin, raised questions concerning the decision of the Election Steering Committee.

He asked if the recommendations by the VRACC led committee on the voters’ registration issue had been implemented. Questions raised by Albert Kofi Arhin is closely related to the speculations of the IEA. The IEA had through their boss said that Ghana is immature for the general elections. She had the opinion that the electorate had not been properly mobilized in the essentials of the electoral process.

See: Ghana Not Ready For Upcoming Elections – IEA’s Jean Mensah

However Mr. Arhin amidst the doubts and speculations, said that the EC should be given a hearing before assertions of their unreadiness can be ascertained. He then stressed that the issue of the new voter’s register should be tackled and clarified before the November polls.

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Considering the fact that the voter’s register saga was no more new to law suits, he wondered if the EC was indeed ready for the elections. The instance in the just ended Ugandan elections was also used by the group to buttress the risks of the pendulous progress in the electoral system. It was recalled that the credibility of that country’s voters’ register became an issue and affected the outcome of the election.

The EC however, also responded to the IEA’s complaints, saying everything was under control for the crucial poll. Below is the timetable for the elections:

Electoral Commission Timetable for 2016 elections

•April 18th – April 27th – Limited Registration

•Exhibition of Voters’ Register – June 2016

•18th July – 19th July – Filing of nominations  by political parties (for presidential/parliamentary nominees)

•Transfer of votes – Ends in September

•General Election – 7th November 2016

•November 28th – Date for Run-off in case of a tie