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By | June 4, 2020

Electoral Commission suspends Pilot registration exercise

The Electoral Commission (EC) has just suspended the compilation of the new voters’ register over the coronavirus outbreak. The exercise was scheduled to commence on April 18, through to the end of May. However, after a meeting with political parties Wednesday, Serebour Quiacoe, the Director of Electoral Services at the Commission said, “…because of the pandemic, we can’t do it on April 18.”

Electoral Commission suspends registration exercise
Electoral Commission suspends Pilot registration exercise


Addressing journalists after the meeting with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) he said the EC is looking to conduct the registration from the end of April but only subject to advise from health authorities. “We are with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and other experts; they are also monitoring the situation advising us. “When it gets to a time when they think the situation is fertile to go ahead with the registration then they tell us…” he said.

Regarding the possibility of using the existing register, he said that will not happen. Dr. Quiacoe said in all the discussions they have had, there is no way they are using the existing register for December’s general elections. “We are going ahead with the new one,” he said. He reiterated that the EC has already employed District Supervisors and other personnel who will help in the compilation exercise.
The biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), however, has been leading a front of opposition parties who are against the compilation. The coalition says there is no need for a new register and all the EC needs to do is to update the current one.


The EC, however, insists the Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) and the entire Voter Management Solution must be changed as they are at the end of life. Article 45 1992 Constitution gives the power of compiling voters’ register to the EC solely. “The Electoral Commission shall have the following functions – (a) to compile the register of voters and revise it at such periods as may be determined by law.”

The NDC has, however, sued the EC over the new register, arguing that that Article 45 of the Constitution only gives the EC the power to compile the register once and revise it thereof.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana is the official body in Ghana responsible for all public elections. Made up of seven members, its independence is guaranteed by the 1992 Ghana constitution.[1] The current commission was established by the Electoral Commission Act (Act 451) of 1993. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan was the first substantive Chairman of the Commission from 1993-2015. On December 5,2018, the Electoral commission chaired by Jean Adukwei Mensah reverted to the old logo Eagles with coat of arms after the controversy over the new logo.

Electoral Commission suspends Pilot registration exercise

Current Leadership of Ghana’s electoral comission

OFFICENAMETERM
ChairmanJean Adukwei MensaAugust 2018 – present
Deputy ChairmanEric Asare Bossman August 2018 – present
Deputy ChairmanSamuel TetteyAugust 2018 – present
MemberMrs. Paulina Adobea DadzawaFebruary 2004 – present
MemberEbenezer Aggrey FynnMarch 2004 – present
MemberSa-Adatu MaidaNovember 2010– present
MemberRebecca Kabukie AdjaloNovember 2010– present
MemberAdwoa Asuama AbrefaAugust 2018– present

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