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The incompetence of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appears to have eaten deep into the veins of the Electoral Commission (EC) Boss, Mrs Jean Mensah, who last Friday in Accra held a press conference to announce the commencement of the limited voter registration exercise scheduled for September 15 to 25, 2018.
The EC boss Mrs Jean Mensah made mention of introducing an online Voter registration Management System (VMS). She also stated that, all the regions have been zoned into two.
The first zone according to her will affect areas carved out for the referendum and will be held in 47 districts offices of the proposed six regions. Zone two will include the non affected areas.
This clearly should tell Ghanaians that, the double track system of our education has also descended into the EC’s office where the zone one mentioned above are in the green colour list which means Go and the zone two mentioned above is in the gold/yellow list which means Get Ready.
Clearly, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not against the creation of new regions because it is evident that Six of the proposed regions were boldly mentioned in the NDC’s Manifesto for 2016. Only two new regions where proposed by the New Patriotic Parry (NPP) in their 2016 manifesto.
The ongoing online limited voter registration exercise through the new method called Voter Management System (VMS) is a disaster to all opposition political Parties because there won’t be a start or end of day printout documents to party agents on daily bases. This will only enhance the NPP’s chances and fastrack their moves to manipulate and abuse the process in their favour for obvious reasons. Need I emphasize the point that the possibility of increasing underage registration is high.
I want the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensah, to work as a citizen and not a spectator so as to satisfy Ghanaians but not only the Nana Akufo-Addo led government.
Ghana is for all of us, not a selected few.
By Ibrahim Osumanu
(Communication Officer – NDC Okaikoi Central)