Pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVC) in collaboration with the opposition New Patriotic Party, (NPP) and other groups has kicked off a massive protest against the Electoral Commission, (EC) in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi today Wednesday.
The demonstration dubbed “Baamu Yadda” meaning, “we will not agree” is aimed at getting the Electoral Commission to validate the electoral roll as recommended by the Justice VCRAC Crabbe panel.
The demonstrators are bent on drawing attention to the associated threat to national security if the EC goes ahead to use the current voters register in the upcoming 2016 general elections.
EC’s Refusal to Validate Voters Register as Recommended and Agreed
Coordinator of Let My Vote Count Alliance, David Asante told Joy News Elton Brobbey that the demonstrating groups are unhappy that the Electoral Commission is yet to announce to Ghanaians a schedule or timetable for the implementation of recommendations by its own panel of experts on voter validation. According to him, the issue is a serious one as “the back and forth attitude of the Electoral Commission is affecting the confidence the electorates have in the Commission”.
Buttressing this point, he made it clear that the EC initially agreed to call for the validation of the voters register, only to change its mind later on and start behaving as if no such thing will ever be done. He pointed out that EC’s current behaviour makes it clear that it has fully decided not to carry out records validation for registered voters. This he said is ‘unhealthy for our democracy’.
David Asante further said that today’s demo is just one out of the numerous demonstrations they have mapped out nationwide. According to him, the protests will continue in other regions across the country, until the EC hears them out and does something positive about the issue.
Moreover, a leader of one other group of protesters told Starr News that he is smelling something foul behind the EC’s refusal to carry out the voters register validation. According to him, “there is some kind of clandestine subtle attempt by government and the EC to swindle their way through and shroud things in secrecy…” This he said will definitely inhibit a free and fair election which is what Ghanaians want. He therefore added that they will not rest until the EC changes her mind.
The issue of creating a new voter register or instead validating the old one has been on ground since afeter the appointment of the new Electoral commission Charperson, Madam Charlotte Osei. the controversies that has been bred as a result of these has brought her so many criticisms with some people questioning her efficiency in the post.