Ghana elec­tion may not hold in Nov – Com­mis­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kate Ca Costa, Ac­cra

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.

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