Apaak calls on EC Advisory Committee to stand with Ghanaians, cites Ghanaweb polls, CSOs
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr. Clement Apaak has admonished the Emile Short led Eminent Committee which was set up by the Electoral Commission to break their silence on the decision by the electoral body to compile a new register despite agitations from some stakeholders.
The legislator wants the advisory committee to stand with Ghanaians to advise the EC to abort the decision to compile the new register.
The MP is of the view that despite the independence of the EC, it exists because citizens have a right to vote and not the other way round.
The MP based his call on a poll conducted by online website Ghanaweb which had 86% of respondents asking the asking the EC to abort the decision to compile a new register.
Asked “Should the EC go ahead with the new register?” a total of 141,132 respondents voted in the poll between May 19 and May 20, 2020.
Out of the number, 19,002 persons representing 13.46% of the total number voted YES, while 121,568 persons representing 86.14% of the total voted YES.
The remaining 562 representing 0.40% of the respondents voted indifferent.
From economic to social factors, some of the respondents cited varied reasons to justify their voting choice in the comment section of the poll.
GhanaWeb launched its polls in May with the first question being: should the EC go ahead with the new register?
This poll question gained 141,132 responses in 48 hours and over 2,000 people commented under the poll expressing divergent views about the Electoral Commission and the new voters’ register.
Reacting to these submissions, the MP stressed the need for the advisory committee to join Ghanaians who have resisted the compilation of the new register since in his view the EC has not been able to justify reasons for calling for a new register.
”The only justification for a new register is that it will exclude many millions of Ghanaians from exercising their fundamental right to vote.
So far the EC has failed to justify a new register on all accounts and I don’t understand why the advisory committee is stone-cold, tell Jean the truth.
I remain a citizen.”
Read his full statement below
Folks, let those pushing for a needless new voters register take note! Pass this to Jean Mensah of the EC, Prof. Ken Attafuah of the NIA, and NADAA/NPP.
If the Emile Short led Eminent Advisory Committee is still active, this must occupy it’s attention. Its time the Eminent Advisory Committee stands up for Ghana and Ghanaians.
The Electoral Commission exist and is independent because citizens have a right to vote not the other way around.
So, if and when the EC is undertaking programmes, activities and events that will deny citizens from exercising their right to vote, why must the advisory committee be silent?
The only justification for a new register is that it will exclude many millions of Ghanaians from exercising their fundamental right to vote.
So far the EC has failed to justify a new register on all accounts and I don’t understand why the advisory committee is stone cold, tell Jean the truth.
I remain a citizen.
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South