As The Electoral Commission Enters The Last Phase Of The Voters’ Registration Exercise

the Electoral Commission (EC), entered the last phase of its ongoing voters’ registration exercise. the Electoral Commission (EC), entered the last phase of its ongoing voters’ registration exercise.

Last Saturday, August 1, the Electoral Commission (EC), entered the last phase of its ongoing voters' registration exercise.

Outcries, criticisms, intimidation, have trailed the exercise, which in any civilized society, is supposed to be civil, without rancor.

The Electoral Commission, since 1992, when the Fourth Republican Constitution, was birthed, has always remained an institution of controversy, depending on which political party is in power.

The worse periods in the life of that institution, is when a new register is to be compiled. Since 1992, we have gone through periods of no picture on the voters' Identification cards, to periods of opaque ballot boxes, until 2012, when the biometric register was introduced.

The proponents of the biometric register, have opine that, it was to take care of all the problems associated with the register.

Unfortunately, in the considered opinion of this newspaper, that was not to be, as the same people who promoted the idea of the biometric register, are the same people today, saying the 2012 register, is not fit for purpose and must be changed.

Tomorrow Thursday August 6, the final phase of the registration exercise comes to an end, bringing the curtains down to the whole exercise.

Can the Jean Mensa led EC, with all honesty and in good conscience tell Ghanaians every drop of blood- shed and soul lost was worth the exercise.

Regrettably in Ghana, because of mistrust among political parties, nothing gets done once and for all.

This newspaper observes that, with the proclivity of political parties to always push their interest depending on where they find themselves, the current register in the not too distant future, will have to be changed.

Ghana is still battling with the Coronavirus pandemic, which like a hurricane, has brought down the world economies to its knees and it is in the midst of all the hullabaloo that, the EC, decided to conduct the exercise.

This newspaper, has maintained the view that, the arguments advanced for the compilation of the new voters' register, did not make sense then and still does not make sense.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com