The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The decision was arrived at following a stakeholders meeting held under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) on Wednesday.
The EC in 2015 rejected proposals for the compilation of a new voters’ register, describing as “unconvincing” calls for that to be done.
It concluded this after it held a forum following heated national debate over the register after the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed it had evidence suggesting, the register had been compromised with as many as 76,000 non-Ghanaian voters on it.
There were a number of demonstrations, some of which turned violent.
A panel was therefore constituted to solicit opinions from stakeholders on whether or not to compile a new register.
Chair of the Panel, the late Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe recommended that EC should not replace the voters’ register.
Stakeholders at Wednesday’s meeting have now agreed to have a new register compiled.
They have also agreed for the EC to conduct the District Level Elections and Referendum on the same day during the last quarter of 2019.
In the statement below, Chairperson of the Commission, Jean Mensa, details more of what will be done before the 2020 elections.