A leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has opined that the voter roll used for the 2004 elections is the cleanest voters register Ghana has produced.
According to him, the Electoral Commission has compile an entirely new register four (4) in the 4th Republic and only once under an NPP regime in 2004 under tenure of former President John Agyekum Kuffour.
The former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute and a cousin to President Akuffo-Addo made this claim following the brouhaha over the compilation of a new voters register for the December 2020 elections.
Mr. Otchere-Darko in a Facebook post sighted by tamaleonline.net argued that, it was the only time Ghana’s voters register reduced in size compared to the previous one.
“In fact, the 2004 register, arguably the cleanest of them all, was, at 49.5% of the population, smaller in both actual numbers (10,354,970) and percentages than the 2000 voters register, which had 10,700,252 names, representing 55.5% of the population then!”He posited.
Read copy of Gabby’s post below;
The EC has compiled an entirely new register four times for 4th Republican elections. 2004 was the only time that such an exercise was done under an NPP president, J A Kufuor. And, it was hailed as probably the cleanest register of them all.
Prior to that, like today, it had been widely speculated that the register used for the 2000 contest (won by the NPP) was bloated.
The new register in 2004 proved this because it was the only period that after the new roll was compiled, the number of people on Ghana’s electoral roll actually reduced in size in comparison to the previous one.
With an annual population growth rate around 2.2% or so, it is expected that every new or revised register should see the number of people on the roll greater than the previous list. But not in 2004!
Let us look again. The 2008 register of voters was, for example, 54.5% of the total population.
In fact, the 2004 register, arguably the cleanest of them all, was, at 49.5% of the population, smaller in both actual numbers (10,354,970) and percentages than the 2000 voters register, which had 10,700,252 names, representing 55.5% of the population then!
Nevertheless, some constituencies still managed to register in excess of 20% growth in their voters registers. Don’t blame me. Check for yourself!
In any event, the records show that the only time an entirely new register was compiled by the EC under an NPP government, Ghana ended up with a more credible roll. So, why worry? Perhaps, I’m just a little naive… missing the small print.