The Progressive People’s Party has submitted its position on the voters’ register to the Electoral Commission. The PPP made the submission on Thursday, 10th September, 2015 ahead of the deadline of 22nd September, 2015 given by the EC. The party’s main contention is for the EC to compile any future voters’ register using the National Identification Authority (NIA) Database. That is the surest way to prevent foreigners and minors or under-aged Ghanaians from getting onto the register. The NIA is the only body mandated to identify and create a database of citizens for the purposes of economic, social and political activities in Ghana. The EC cannot, therefore side step the NIA as a credible source of who is qualified to vote in our elections.
The PPP repeated its call for a complete electronic voting process as part of a comprehensive electoral reforms since cheating, results manipulation, legal funding of party activities and the full enforcement of the Political Parties’ Law are issues that need to be addressed.
We have confidence in the new chairperson of the EC to undertake immediate electoral reforms that will guarantee Ghanaians a credible electoral process that eliminates cheating and abuse of incumbency in our political space.
We in the PPP expect the 2016 elections to be truly transparent, free and fair. We recommend that the EC begins the process immediately to implement the above recommendations for electoral reforms to guarantee credible electoral processes and results that will safeguard the unity and cohesion of mother Ghana before, during and after the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.