The Electoral Commission of Ghana has said it does not need anyone’s permission or approval in order to compile a mew voters register in line with its mandate.
This is according to Deputy EC Chair Mr. Samuel Nartey was reacting to news of political parties kicking against a new register.
In the Deputy EC chair’s view, no political party can prevent the EC from fulfilling their constitutional mandate which gives them the right to compile and revise voters’ registers as and when necessary.
“EC is an independent organization and it was actually accepted by the constitution. It has a clear mandate, a clear function, and we all work in the interest of the Nation. What the EC thinks is the best is what they can do so it is not up to one or two political parties to decide for the people.” He said.
“I’m not privy to the press conference so I don’t know the political parties who are saying that there’s no need. What I’m saying is that even if they have their position, definitely that one cannot counter-act the constitutional mandate given by the EC so far as the compilation of a new voters register is concerned” he stated.
He added, “they have actually made their intentions known at the IPAC meetings that they are not in favour of the new register but don’t forget that the 1992 Constitution, Article 45(a) actually gives the commission the mandate to compile a voters’ register and then revise it as such periods that it may consider necessary.”