The Electoral Commission (EC) has begun a nationwide limited voter registration exercise to capture new entrants.
According to the EC, the registration exercise, which is from Monday, June 17th to Sunday, July 7th, starts from 0700 hours to 1800 hours on each day, and would include weekends. The exercise is taking place in all the EC’s District Offices and in 1,573 selected electoral areas across the country.
According to the Commission it had adequately prepared for the conduct of the limited voter registration exercise, which formed part of its preparations towards the conduct of the referendum on the election of Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and the 2019 District Level Elections (DLEs) slated for December.
The exercise, which finally took off on Monday across the country, follows the court’s dismissal of a motion for interlocutory injunction seeking to restrain the Commission from undertaking the scheduled exercise.
Still with the EC; the leadership of the National Association of Charismatic Christian Churches (NACCC) is urging the Electoral Commission (EC) to include critical stakeholders to the periodic Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings.
Unanimously, they are of the view that the involvement of critical stakeholders such as the Peace Council, revered chiefs, and eminent religious leaders and civil societies would help end the counter accusations on media platforms by a political party after making a decision at IPAC meetings. Such a move could foster trust, unity, and cultivate a healthy relationship among stakeholders towards election 2020 and beyond.
The leadership of NACCC made the suggestion when Mrs Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, led a team of Commissioners of the EC to pay a courtesy call on them in Accra.
Archbishop Nicolas Duncan Williams, of the Action Chapel International, counseled the EC and its officials to give all political parties equal grounds to compete in order not to invoke attack from any party. Archbishop Williams implored the EC to use friendlier language and reconciliatory approach so that they would not be seen as favouring other parties.
Mrs Mensa, gave the assurance that the Commission would give a level playing field to all political parties to ensure credible, transparent, free and fair elections.