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EC must admit its credibility is in crisis – MP

Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission
Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission

The NPP Member of Parliament for Bantama, Henry Kwabena Kokofu wants the Electoral Commission to admit that its credibility is in crisis.

The MP, who was speaking on TV3/3FM’s NEW DAY Saturday edition, also accused the EC of collusion.

‘‘Truth be told, Our EC cannot hold itself up high when it comes to integrity and credibility. In 2013 NDC and the EC collaborated and committed an electoral fraud at Kwahu east. I know what I am saying so verify. On countless occasions they have rendered itself to integrity mistrust so it is very necessary to monitor its steps. You cannot trust somebody who has displaced trust’’.

But Vice Chairman for the Public Interest Accountability Committee PIAC, Kwame Jantuah disagrees.

“Point of correction; was this not the same EC that voted his party into power? If that is the case then what he is saying now reflects that period,’’ he argued.

However, Kwame Jantuah he conceded that the Supreme Court’s order to the EC to “clean” the current voters’ register of those who used NHIS cards in registering could have been avoided.

Nonetheless, he thinks it is impossible for the EC to comply with the order within six months.

‘‘The Supreme Court says they should try as much as possible and delete the names and the EC itself has told us there are about 600,000 dead persons on the register. What should happen is that the Electoral Commission should be linked to the death and birth registry and National Identification Authority.

“So far as I am concerned, registration should be ongoing and government should find the money to fund these things. We have six months to elections, is it possible to do all these things?”

Story by Sarah Apenkroh | 3FM |tv3network.com

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