Ghana election may not hold in Nov – Commission
The Electoral Commission of Ghana says it is uncertain about the possibility of the November 7, 2016 election date.
The commission had brought the Election Day forward by one month from the customary December 7. But an Act of Parliament was needed to validate the November 7 date. The legislature only recently began deliberation on the process.
Critics, notably the opposition, have expressed doubts on the feasibility of the Election Date, blaming it on the tardiness of the electoral umpire.
The Electoral Commission has however failed to dispel doubts over the practicability of the date, rather, it has prepared Ghanaians for the contingency of reverting to the old date.
The Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, Mr. Samuel Tetteh, at a press conference in Accra was undecided over the certainty of the new date.
“We are working towards 7th November, so that in the case 7th November goes through we can go by it. If not and it is December we can go by that. So both dates are possible but we are working towards the 7th November general elections,” he said.
Tetteh had however absolved the commission of any blame, maintaining that the EC forwarded all the necessary documents needed to facilitate the endorsement process by the legislature and executive.
However, the Chairman of the Parliament’s Subsidiary Legislation, Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah, has blamed the commission over its tardiness.
We don’t have a certified register and we have three months to go into election. We should have finished some of the processes by September. I can assure on the floor that I cannot vouch for November 7.
Amoah further criticized the Commission for its failure to produce a credible voters register, even though election was less than four months away.