New Voters’ Register Brouhaha: Chief Urges EC And Political Parties To Cease Fire

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The President of the Inner-City Tribal Chiefs, Chief Mohammed Sungtaaba, has urged the Electoral Commission, EC, opposition political parties and other stakeholders on the proposed new voters’ register which has generated controversy and political tension in the Country to cease fire and opt for an amicable solution.

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He urged aggrieved parties to resolve their issues amicably as according to him, the consequences of their actions could affect Ghana’s democratic credentials.

In an interview with Ghanaianvoiceonline in Accra, Chief Sungtaaba noted that all factions must dialogue to iron out their differences since the nation will suffer if the situation is not handled professionally.

The EC had scheduled the new voters’ registration exercise on April 18, 2020 but was compelled to postpone the exercise due to the lockdown measures instituted by the government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. It however plans to announce a new date for the exercise when restrictions are eased.

The National Democratic Congress, NDC, had claimed that the use of the Ghana card in the registration processes is a calculated attempt by the EC, National Identification Authority and the New Patriotic Party, NPP, to suppress votes in its strongholds.

Chief Sungtaaba noted that if the issue is not handled with care and professionalism, the impasse would disturb the peace and security of Ghana.

“As a result of the position taken by the Electoral Commission and the opposing political parties on the proposed new voters’ register, controversy and political tension have been generated in the country and if not handled with much care, the impasse has the potential to disturb the peace and security of the nation,” he said.

Chief Sungtaaba pleaded with Chiefs, religious leaders and opinion leaders in the Country to intervene particularly between the EC and the opposition political party to address the issue.

According to him, their involvement by calling the stakeholders together will help to bring a lasting solution to the compilation of the new voter’s roll brouhaha.

Chief Sungtaaba also entreated politicians to first think Ghana and not their own interest.

By: Paul Mamattah

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