It is to ensure that whoever wins the 2016 general elections will have the “instinctive” and “automatic” support of the loser, Nana Akufo-Addo told Radio Upper West.
New Patriotic Party flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo is in the Upper West Region capital Wa where he’s making a strong push for the EC to compile a new voters’ register for next year’s general elections.
The party is leading a campaign along with some smaller parties such as the Progressive People’s Party and the Convention People’s Party to pressurize the Electoral Commission to accede to the demand for a new voters register.
The NPP says the current register is bloated by more than 76,000 Togolese nationals and has presented evidence to back this claim.
Already a pro-NPP group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVC) is itching to picket at the Electoral Commission head office in Accra.
It says it is expecting more than two thousand demonstrators as they go ahead with tomorrow’s picketing at the electoral commission.
The group served notice to the police to peacefully picket at the commission. LMVCA wants to present a petition on the need to scrap the existing voters register and compile a new one for the 2016 election.
Talks with the police over the venue are inconclusive, and police say they’ve scheduled another meeting with organizers of the protest this afternoon to conclude the matter.
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has maintained that there is no need to replace the current voters register. General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia concedes there are minors on the register, but argues a new one may worsen the problem.
“As we sit here today we do not have a better way to stop minors from registering” he has said.