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10.01.2020 Politics

Kofi Akpaloo Lauds Parliament For Approving EC Budget For 2020 Elections

By Richard Obeng Bediako
Percival Kofi AkpalooPercival Kofi Akpaloo
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The Founder and leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Percival Kofi Akpaloo,has recommended Ghana’s Parliament for approving the 2020 budget estimates of the Electoral Commission for 2020 elections.

Kofi Akpaloo also reiterated the need for a new voter's register. “The current register is not credible but it has been stretched to a point where you don’t want to take that same risk. We want to have something that is more credible and ensure peace after the elections,” Kofi Akpaloo told Kwaku Dawuro on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7.

According to him, the current voter's register is bloated and cannot be trusted for a clean election.

He says he don’t understand why the opposition NDC is resisting the Electoral Commission’s call for a new voters’ register.

Parliament has approved an amount of ¢98 billion for government’s spending in the 2020 financial year.

Meanwhile, the largest opposition party and minority in parliament, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has kicked against the note, saying, there is no need for a new register.

For the governing New Patriotic Party, once the Commission can justify the need to compile a new register, they would support it.

With the NPP’s majority in the House, the EC’s budget is likely to be approved.

The Appropriation Act 2019 once passed gives the government the green light to spend the 2020 financial budget.

In its budget, the EC also allocated GH¢287,842,511 for the conduct of elections.

The House through a majority vote authorised the Finance Minister to withdraw the ¢98 billion from the Consolidated Fund for spending by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies from January 1 to December 31, 2020.