The Electoral Commission’s manner of conducting the ongoing nationwide voters’ registration exercise will not yield an acceptable results, Mr. Akwasi Addai Odike, Founder, National Chairman and leader for United Progressive Party has indicated.
Though the week long exercise kick-started on Tuesday, Mr. Odike told www.leakynews.net that he was shocked when he visited his usual pooling station (Buabasa of Ashtwon) within the Manhyia South constituency to get registered.
Reporting at the center, the opposition party leader told newsmen that there was no EC personnel let alone a set up for the exercise. “I made an inquiry to that effect and interestingly I was told that it has not reached our turn”.
Bamboozled and provoked by his own findings, he expressed disappointment in Ghana’s electoral commission over why the registration was not done concurrently since the EC was provided with all the needed logistics and funds by government.
He recalled that all past nationwide voters’ registration exercises since 1992, were conducted concurrently. ”This is clearly a ‘tot-tot’ kind of registration exercise.This present EC has twisted and turned the normal arrangement and are giving out a whole lot of excuses as a way of justifying their stupidity. This is very bad and sad”, he roared.
The popular opposition leader said he suspects a foul play and that there is the likelihood that many eligible voters will not come out to register. “If after turning up at their pooling centers say like two or three times, they realize that their centers have not been set up for the exercise, they will not turn up again. They will choose not to register at all…How the EC is driving the exercise is very dangerous and chaotic”, he told www.leakynews.net.
By Enock Akonnor, Editor-in-Chief