The EC has demanded funds from the Ministry of Finance for the Limited Voters’ registration exercise which is scheduled for the last week of April.
As the elections draw closer with each passing day the Electoral Commission (EC) is running helter-skelter to meet up with the requirements for the elections before the set date which is November 7. The EC has demanded funds from the Ministry of Finance for the Limited Voters’ registration exercise which is scheduled for the last week of April.
The EC is calling on the Parliament to compel the Finance Ministry to release the needed funds as it might have to reschedule the date of the exercise should the ministry delay further. After an inconclusive meeting of EC delegates led by the boss Charlotte Osei, and the Special Budget Committee of Parliament to solve the problem, another meeting with officials from the Finance Ministry was proposed.
The commission which is in dire need of the funds say that rescheduling the date of the exercise would consequently result to rescheduling of the election date. Hence, the immediate need for the funds.
The idea of the ‘Limited Voters’ Registration came up with the emergence of the Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe Committee, which was set up to deliberate on the new voters’ registration saga. Following the request for a repeal of the voters’ register, the committee recommended a limited voters’ registration, which the EC initially fixed for March, but had to be postponed due to the lack of legal backing documentation.
The Limited Voters’ Registration exercise is to enable new voters who have reached the age of 18 and above as well as those who qualify but were unable to register to do so.
According to reports, the Parliament released GHC 800 million to the EC to run the entire activities of the elections. But the EC as it appears would require more than that to adequately run the activities. The EC’s major headache is the fact that it does not want these hitches to affect the already set election timetable.
So many national bodies have expressed their concerns over the EC’s readiness for the polls, especially as the Voters’ registration saga has not been completely settled.