14.07.2006 Politics

EC prepares to seek parliamentary approval to the country's electoral laws

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The Electoral Commission says it is preparing a document for parliamentary approval which should make it possible for Ghanaians abroad to vote.

The announcement comes in the wake of a threat by a group of Ghanaians abroad, known as the Diaspora Vote Committee, to take the EC to court if it fails to institute the necessary processes to implement recent amendments to the country's electoral laws.

The amendments to the Representation of the Peoples' Amendment Law, were meant to make it possible for Ghanaians abroad to vote in future elections. But five months after the law was changed, the Diaspora Vote Committee (DVC) is accusing the Electoral Commission of failing to do enough to make sure that the new provisions take effect from the 2008 general elections.

The chairman of the legal committee of the DVC, Dr. Agyenim Boateng, says the group will go to court if the EC fails to act.

The director of elections at the EC, Kofi Arhin, says a lot needs to be done before the amendments to the electoral laws can be implemented.

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