The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and five other smaller parties have announced a series of nationwide mass protests over the compilation of a new voters’ register.
The protests starting on January 11, 2020, are targeted at preventing the Electoral Commission (EC) from carrying out the exercise, the parties said.
Parliament has approved the sum of GH¢833 million to be used by the EC for the compilation of the new register.
The Commission has argued the current register is not fit for purpose and has suggested other features in the new one, including facial recognition.
But the political parties calling themselves Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voter Register said that although the facial recognition feature is good it should rather be added to the current one.
“Despite the inherent challenges in use of facial recognition technology, our experts have indicated that it can be incorporated into the current register, especially as the current register already contains high-resolution photos of voters,” the parties said at a press conference Monday.
The parties contend any attempt to spend an additional tax payer’s money on a new register will amount to complete wastage and needless spending of limited state resources.
“We maintain our support for the upgrade of the current register and wish to demand that the EC considers saving the nation some resources for other social and economic development projects,” they said.
(a) Saturday 11th January 2020 – Tamale for a mega Tikusayi Korinfohili Demonstration. The converging point will be the Tamale – Jubilee Park at 6 am.
(b) Tuesday 21st January 2020 – Y3npini Demonstration in Kumasi
(c) Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Wokp3n33 Demonstration in Accra.