“Everything possible must be done to ensure a very credible electoral process if this means that we listen to what the elders are saying…I think let’s do it.”
He was speaking to leaders of pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) who paid a courtesy call on him at his residence on Wednesday to seek his support for a new voters’ register.
Breaking his silence on the controversy, President Rawlings admitted that 2016 will be very stressful and challenging.
“There is a lot of stress in the air, there is a lot of nervousness…it is going to be a test on all of us,” he said.
“The only way we can really contain and prevent things from getting out of hands is to ensure that the electoral register is as credible as possible.”
Former President Rawlings, however, wants the Electoral Commission to listen to all sides including organized groups and individuals in addressing doubts about the voters’ register.
According to Ghana’s longest-serving leader, the incumbent government could cooperate with the NPP in accepting the demand for a new register.
“As a sitting government I think if we feel pretty confident about that register we should have no fears in doing what needs to be done to win the confidence…to take away doubts,” he observed.
According to former President Jerry Rawlings, “it is an unfortunate thing to abuse the sanctity of the right of choice”.