The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo has urged Ghanaians who are eligible to vote not to shy away from the planned compilation of new voters register by the Electoral Commission.
According to him, any qualified voter who does not take part in the registration exercise cannot vote in the upcoming 2020 elections.
“It is this same year that the Electoral Commission says it is going to compile a new voters register. I am pleading with everyone to take part in the exercise because you cannot vote if your name is not captured in the register and if you don’t vote it means you can’t appreciate President Akufo-Addo for his good governance bringing development to your area”, Mr Osafo Marfo said while addressing the Chiefs and People of Akuapem-Aprede on the occasion of the climax of Odwira Festival.
The EC in its quest to compile a new voters’ register said it is committed to judiciously spending the about GH¢400 million it was granted by Parliament to be spent on the process.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission in-charge of Operations, Samuel Tettey said the amount will be expended mainly on procuring electoral materials as well as recruitment of election officials for all polling stations across the country.
But in a press statement, the opposition parties stated they will whatever within their power to resist the new voters’ register including demonstrations.
“We call on all to join the Y3NPINI DECLARATION across the country. The Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voter Register shall be embarking on a series of public manifestations across the country, therefore wherever you are, whatever you do, you can’t miss this opportunity to be part of history.
“On Saturday 11th January 2020 we shall be in Tamale for a mega Tikusayi Korinfohili Demonstration. The converging point will be the Tamale – Jubilee Park at 6 am.
We shall follow this up with the Y3npini Demonstration in Kumasi on Tuesday 21st January 2020 and climax it with the Wokp3n33 Demonstration in Accra on Tuesday 28th January 2020.”