64.9% of Ghanaians want new voter’s register – Study

EC boss, Jean Mensa

About 64.9 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, Legon, say they want a new voter’s register.

On a regional basis, the survey revealed 79.45% of the 1,499 respondents polled in the Upper East Region support a new register.

This was closely followed by 74.42% of the 4,707 respondents in the Ashanti Region and 54.39% of the 1,800 respondents in the Volta Region.

The survey participated by a total of 27,500 respondents in December 2019 asked respondents: “The Electoral Commission intends to compile a new voters’ register. Do you agree?”

The Electoral Commission has announced the dates for the compilation of a new voter’s register despite opposition from a coalition made up of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other smaller parties.

Opinion in the country is divided on the subject of a new voter’s register, but the study by the University of Ghana indicates there appears a general consensus for the exercise.

The study further revealed that 37.5% of respondents that supported a new voter’s register are interested in the “credibility” of the election results.

But the NDC has questioned the methodology used in gathering the data.

Deputy NDC General Secretary, Peter Otokunor, believes the world has moved away from the “purposive sampling” method, concluding the finding is “defective.”

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