Why Do We Have To Fix Something That Has Not Been Broken? …
Member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communication Team, John Kwame Adu Jack has described as unnecessary the justification of the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register for the upcoming 2020 general and parliament polls.
According to the Electoral Commission, though the current register is credible but has been overstretched, hence the need for a new one with enhanced features to protect its credibility.
Reacting to the EC’s justification for the acquisition of a new voters register, he said “When you look at the argument the EC is giving on the register that we should change, there are back and forth arguments concerning the register. My question is why should we fix something that is not broken, if there is no problem with it, then what are you solving?
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on Anopa Nkomo on Accra base Kingdom FM 107.7, he stressed on the issue that the main argument the minority in Parliament NDC, is making is based on the fact that the amount the government is paying to the EC to compile a new register is very costly therefore the EC should go according to the cleaning processes to clean the register rather than to compile a new register in order to save cost and time.
“Another argument is that if the register is over-stretched, was the register written with a pencil and paper, making it weak? We are talking about systems and data basis so what makes it overstretched?, he questioned.
The Communication Team Member of the opposition party, NDC, insisted the Electoral Commission must use the current Biometric Register for the 2020 general election since the time to compile a new voter’s register is limited and inappropriate.
“Sometimes what I believe in Ghana is that we don’t value time. If we are to value time and consider the implications on our development and productivity, we will know that the cost involved is very huge rather making a mop-up for those who are not part of the register”
He indicated that even though Parliament has approved the EC’s decision to compile a new voter’s register it doesn’t necessarily mean that we should go by it if there are issues by it.
“The only current issue the EC is basing on is the fact that the register is bloated. Where the bloating is coming is that a lot of people are dead. I cannot tell if some of the dead can resurrect to cast their vote during the election” adding “I can you that if we are to compile a new register from 3 months to election, the register will still be bloated because some of those who came to register might not reach their home before they die” he argued.
“So if the explanation for bloated means people dead still have their names in it then the register then it will continue to be bloated because people will still die,” he said.
By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / feliciagyasiwaah9 @gmail.com / Ghana / 2020