A battle over the collation of a new voters register could dominate discussions in the lead up to the 2020 General Elections.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has been given the sum of GH¢443 million to compile new voters register ahead of the poll to the displeasure of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and five other smaller parties.
The NDC said the current electoral roll that was used to conduct the 2016 General Elections was fit for purpose and considered the new exercise as a complete waste of tax-payers money.
But the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and 12 other smaller parties, including the People’s National Convention (PNC) whose members are divided between the two factions, have rallied behind the EC.
At a press conference addressed by leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Kofi Akaploo, political parties said they support the position of the EC because he has made a solid case for a new register.
“The EC has made a solid case for a new register in terms of cost, time and credibility. We support the compilation of new register and we expect all political parties to support the EC in the quest to deliver a better-organised election than before.”
“You will notice that consistently any time we all sit at IPAC and take a decision, the NDC will come out to contradict what we had all agreed on. Any time the NDC has to work with other political parties in the national interest, they turn around and stab the nation in the back.”
The members of the new coalition are the NPP, Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), National Democratic Party (NDP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Convention People’s Party (CPP), among others.