President John Mahama has waded into the controversy surrounding the call for a new voters register, saying the Electoral Commission is at liberty to decide what is best for the country as it inches closer to the 2016 election.
According to the President, the EC operates independent of the executive and therefore finds it difficult to appreciate the attempts by some individuals to drag his government into the register politics. Pro-opposition pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance and the main opposition NPP have been protesting for a new register ahead of the elections.
The NPP on Wednesday petitioned UK parliamentarians over the matter. But speaking at an event in France on Thursday, Mr. Mahama said his government will not interfere in the work of the EC. “I have no right to interfere in that electoral list.
“….We have an independent Electoral Commission and the Electoral Commissioners have security of office. I am not supposed to interfere in the work of the electoral commission. Ghana has an EC that is independent and does not consult the president to do anything. “What we have done in the past when you have a young register is to clean it up…so it is for the Electoral Commission to decide what it really needs to do,” the President noted.