Timing for new voters’ register wrong based on ECOWAS protocols – Suhuyini

Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini insists the timing for the compilation of a new voters’ register barely six months to the December 7, 2020 elecions is wrong based on ECOWAS Protocol and the Electoral Commission’s (EC) timetable.

According to him, reasons given by the EC for its decision to compile a new voters’ register has been proven false and illogical.

“The reasons given for the need to compile a new register have either been proven false or illogical. Imani Gh deserve commendation on this,” Alhaji Suhuyini stated.

The legislator in a post on Facebook detailed four (4) stands of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the EC’s decision to compile a new register including cost, procurement breaches and procedure.

However, Alhaji Suhuyini also reiterated that the NDC’s position on the compilation of a new register has not changed.

“Only a simplistic mind will think our position against the compilation of a new register has changed because of developments relating to only 1 of the 4 reasons why we’re opposed to it.”

he concluded.

Read copy of post by Honourable Alhassan Suhuyini below

The contention between the NDC and the EC in the latter’s attempt to compile a new register is multi-faceted but consistent.

  1. Timing for the exercise is wrong based on Ecowas Protocol, 2012 consensus between stakeholders after a similar exercise and the EC’s own election time-table.
  2. The reasons given for the need to compile a new register have either been proven false or illogical. Imani Gh deserve commendation on this.
  3. We have raised cost and procurement breaches which many CSO’s agree are germane, as an additional reason we think the EC must be stopped.
  4. Finally we are challenging the procedure, either for limited registration or verification to upgrade voter roll software, to exclude the current voter ID. Note that, we agree the EC has a mandate to Review an existing register, which maybe an introduction of additional features, like facial recognition or the conduct of limited Registeration for new potential voters. To do any of these it’s our position that the existing voter ID card can’t be excluded.

Only a simplistic mind will think our position against the compilation of a new register has changed because of developments relating to only 1 of the 4 reasons why we’re opposed to it.

Source; tamaleonline.net

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