The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has called for an urgent meeting with the Electoral Commission (EC) and all key election stakeholders to iron out controversies surrounding the New Voters Register.
The call has become necessary following the ongoing tension between the EC and some political parties who are opposed to the compilation.
Opponents to the compilations attempts by the EC say the exercise is unnecessary and a waste of the country’s scarce resources.
A statement signed by the National Coordinator of the coalition, Albert Arhin, said it recognizes the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) as the proper platform for election administration dispute resolution.
CODEO, after serious deliberations on the matter, is of the view that the meeting between the EC, political parties, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will help find an amicable stand-off solution as to whether or not the compilation of a new Biometric Voters’ Register will be possible, the CODEO communication said.
The coalition has, therefore, urged the EC to “acknowledge that not all electoral administration and related disputes are just a matter of law, but of political governance which requires transparency, accountability and the building of trust” hence the need for proper dialogue among both parties.
The CODEO statement says they were “committed to the pursuit of free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections”, suggesting the EC builds trust and enhance its credibility by investing time and energy into sharing its decisions and relevant information on Election matters with stakeholders and Ghanaians at large.