Mahama: EC is independent, Gov’t won’t meddle in voter’s register debate

President John Dramani Mahama has for the first time commented on the raging debate about Ghana’s voter’s register indicating that “we will not interfere” in the work of the Electoral Commission.

According to the President, “Ghana has an Electoral Commission that is independent and does not consult the president before doing anything. The EC has an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) that it works with.

“They would meet on the issues and based on what they have decided on, they go ahead with that. It is one party that is saying the whole register should be scrapped completely. We have to look at whether they have a case or not.”

The president was speaking at Bordeaux University in France to students on political developments in Ghana. His comments come on the back of a demonstration by Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) which has received some international attention after they reported government and the police ‘brutalities’ to the United Nations.

President Mahama however questioned whether the New Patriotic Party and the pro NPP pressure group – LMVCA have presented their proposal on the voter’s register to the Electoral Commission or not and whether.

The main opposition NPP and some other political parties have questioned the credibility of Ghana’s voters register asking the Electoral Commission to compile a totally new voter’s register. Meanwhile the ruling National Democratic Congress – NDC, opines a contrary view saying that they register should only be cleaned up.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

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