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08.05.2021 Elections

2020 voters' register should be the last to be compiled from scratch — CODEO to EC

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
2020 voters' register should be the last to be compiled from scratch — CODEO to EC
LISTEN MAY 8, 2021

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has kicked against future compilation of new voters' register from scratch following a review of the blowback from the 2020 general elections.

This came up at the end of a High-Level Post-Elections Stakeholders Review Workshop to discuss the highs and lows of the 2020 general elections.

According to the Coalition, the newly compiled 2020 voters register should be the last register to be compiled from scratch.

"The newly-compiled 2020 voters register should be the last register to be compiled from scratch," a release from the coalition has said while adding that the EC should collaborate with the National Identification Authority (NIA) to create an integrated system for identifying current voters and also for registering qualified individuals who turn 18 years.

To improve election results collation, transmission, announcement, and declaration, the coalitions have recommended that the EC should revisit the proposal to move the time for close of polls from 5pm to 4pm to allow for early counting of ballots and some collation of results to be done under natural light.

“The Ghana Police Service (GPS) should work with the EC to move the time for close of polls from 5pm to 4pm in order to reduce the threats to security during the collation period,” part of a communique after the CODEO workshop reads.

To ensure that the various issues raised are addressed ahead of the 2024 elections, stakeholders have agreed to set up a monitoring group to follow up on all recommendations with the appropriate agencies.

Read full communique below:

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Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

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