The Electoral Commission has been accused by the National Democratic Congress in Ho West of the Volta Region of deliberately removing names of certain voters in the voters register in their constituency.
Names of over one hundred members of the Aflakpe community in Horluta in the Ho West Constituency have been removed from the register. This is according to the Ho West Constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, NDC.
In a phone interview on the Kingdom Morning Drive of Kingdom FM in Ho, Ing. Nukomeko Tettey explained that names of one hundred and thirty-nine voters could not be found and thinks it is a deliberate act by the Electoral Commission to disenfranchise members of the said community. Speaking in the Ewe language, he told the host, Dumevi Kwame Apollo, “I will tell you the truth. It was no mistake. It was intentional. It was deliberate. They just wanted to make sure some people do not vote. They know what they are doing”. “The EC wanted to reduce the votes of the NDC in the constituency by all means possible and this is one of such plans. The people are agitating. I am not able to pick all the calls and this is a worrying situation”.
According to Ing. Nukomeko, the anomalies in the voters register has been envisaged and the EC was duly warned by the NDC, some chiefs and well meaning CSOs but they would not listen. “This shows that the EC is not prepared. The compilation of a new voters register was not right, considering the timing. Few months to election and we are facing these problems”, he said.
There are a number of agitations across the country currently with concerns been raised on the integrity of the voters register as names have not been found in the electoral roll. There are, currently, thousands of Ghanaians who successfully went through the registration process, were issued voters ID cards but cannot be found in the register during the ongoing exhibition.
The Electoral Commission has, however, asked Ghanaians to be patient as the problem is being rectified.