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  • It is very critical for people who go to the registration centres to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive protocols to ensure that the exercise does not add to our already precarious situation.

    Written By Dominic Hlordzi - The nationwide voters’ registration kicks off Tuesday, June 30. The about one-month exercise is geared towards getting eligible Ghanaians onto a new electoral roll that will be superior to the old register. The new voter registration exercise is scheduled to end on Thursday, August 6.

  • These were the words of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, as she responded to a question on how the Commission would rate its performance in the just ended mass voter registration exercise.

    In my law class 30 years ago, one of the profound doctrines was the Latin expression "Res ispa loquitur," which means the thing speaks for it self; and on that premise, we will leave the good people of Ghana to judge our performance.

  • Whilst acknowledging the work done by her predecessors, Mrs Jean Mensa noted that she inherited a very weak institution.

    “I said it to you before, and I will repeat it. I don’t need the Electoral Commission to win an election; I don’t want to win an election in Ghana because of the Electoral Commission. I want to win an election in Ghana because of the people of Ghana; that they make a free and open choice that Akufo-Addo will be, again, their choice.”

  • The statement said President Akufo-Addo was "hopeful that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty expeditiously, to enable him make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State."

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, to be considered for appointment as the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

  • According to her, the appearance of masked and armed men, was not part of the security arrangement made and that the EC itself was at a loss when their presence was reported.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed suggestions linking violence with the successful conduct of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election last Thursday.

  •  The Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah has said he only cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters' registration exercise.

  • Madam Jean Mensa said the EC has so far captured more than 12 million voters onto the voters register.

    The Electoral Commission (EC), has introduced an online filing procedure for the 2020 general election.

  • One does not expect the EC to just give in to the demands of an opposition party but the Commission must adduce cogent reasons why the wishes of a party cannot be granted. But in a situation where ...

    Written By Bubu Klinogo - The Electoral Commission has just concluded a two Pilot Voters Registration Exercise in all the sixteen regional capitals in the country. The essence of the exercise was to identify problems associated with the new system to find ways of mitigating them. The exercise is a strong and clear signal that the Electoral Commission is going ahead with its decision to discard the existing register and compile a completely new one in spite of strong opposition and resistance from the main opposition party, the NDC, other opposition parties and dozens of Civil Society Organisations.

  • CHRAJ similarly wants the President or the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 to advise the EC on the potential public health risk and safety associated with the planned Voters' Registration.

    The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) wants President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to call the National Identification Authority (NIA) to order following its continuance of the mass Ghana Card registration exercise in the Eastern Region in the face of the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ghana.

  • The Electoral Commission of Ghana says it will institute measures to ensure that the compilation of the new voters' register goes ahead in the face of the threat from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • Two Ghanaian nationals, Mark Oliver Kevor and Emmanuel Akumatey Okrah on Thursday sued the NIA for not halting the Ghana Card registration exercise ...

    The National Identification Authority (NIA) has suspended the ongoing mass registration exercise in the Eastern region.

  • Dr Kofi A. Boateng, Ms Nellie Kemevor, Mr Obed Danquah, Mr Christiana Sillim and Mr Agyenim Boateng sued the electoral management body on the basis that it had “gone to sleep” and refused to implement Act 699, 11 years after it was passed.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has been given a 12-month extension to operationalise the law that permits Ghanaians living abroad to vote in national elections, the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA).

  • If that process can and should be engaged, how is that different from a new voter registration exercise in terms of social distance and hygiene protocols within the context of COVID-19?

    It appears that all across sub-Saharan Africa, general elections are very much a ‘do-or-die affair’ with violence and allegations of rigging as part of the menu. In many cases, beyond the glossy manifestoes and the fine, high-brow speeches, the political parties run along ethnic and/or religious fault lines and ancient, deep-seated animosities easily light up with the spark of the ballot box.

  • Mrs Mensa has, therefore, called on the public or any individual with information concerning the matter to assist the police who have begun investigation into the case.

    The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, has indicated that the credibility of the commission matters more than shielding any official.

  • But in its motion filed on January 30, the EC is praying the court to extend the 12 month deadline, which ended in December 2018, to January, 2020.

    The Electoral Commission( EC) has filed a motion appealing to the Accra High Court to extend the deadline that the court gave it to operationalise the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA), 2006 (Act 699), which gives Ghanaians in the Diaspora the right to vote from abroad.

  • The exercise is open to all Ghanaian citizens who are 18 years old and above and of sound mind.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has set June 30 as the commencement date for the compilation of the new voter's register.

  • Per the EC’s interim calendar of activities, it will begin the compilation of a new voters register for the 2020 elections from April 18 to May 30, 2020.

    The date for this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections remains December 7, the Electoral Commission (EC) has confirmed.

  • First, she said, the current system required a mandatory upgrade and refurbishment, which had been awarded on contract at $56 million before she assumed office in 2018.

    The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, has defended the compilation of a new biometric voters register (BVR), saying it is the surest way to deliver free, fair, credible and transparent elections.
    She said the EC’s decision was in the interest of all political parties and that it was committed to delivering incident-free and peaceful elections.

  • Political parties with representation on the committee are the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People's Party (PPP) and the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG).

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has inaugurated a voter registration adjudication committee to help expunge the names of multiple registrants from the voters register.

  • Anyone who does not have any of those two documents will have to get people to vouch for them that they are Ghanaians.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) is planning not to accept old voters ID cards and birth certificates as a primary form of identification in the new voters registration exercise planned for April 2020.

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