Don’t disenfranchise anyone – House of Chiefs to EC

Togbe Afede XIV

The National House of Chiefs has expressed grave concern over the seeming political tension in Ghana following the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register.

In a statement, the House said the country must rather remain united as it desperately battles the Covid-19 pandemic and other natural disasters.

It observed that leaders of political parties appear to be more concerned about winning power than the solving the developmental needs of the Ghanaian people.

The EC has in recent times suffered strong criticisms from various political parties and CSOs following its decision to compile a new register ahead of the 2020 polls.

Led by the opposition National Democratic Congress, the group which has formed the Inter Party Resistance Against the New Voter Register (IPRAN) had held a series of demonstrations across the country to kicked against the decision.

Reacting to the development, the House of Chiefs said in its statement which was signed by its President, Togbe Afede XIV, expressed disappointment after the Electoral Commission (EC) failed to appear before the House, which has been seeking an “opportunity to promote dialogue in the interest of peace.”

“We want to call on the EC to make peaceful conduct of this year’s general elections its primary objectives. It would require, among others, that no qualified Ghanaian is disenfranchised and that the elections are free and free.”

Read full statement below: 

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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