National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Anbataayela Mornah has called on Ghanaians to forgive the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensah, and other staff of the Commission for causing financial loss to the state.
According to the PNC leader and spokesperson of the Inter-Party Resistance against New Voters Register (IPRAN), the EC is bent on its decision to compile a new voters’ register because they are afraid of being prosecuted for causing financial loss to the nation. Describing the acquisition of a new voters register as needless, Mr. Mornah said the leadership of the EC procured equipment and other materials knowing very well there is limited time to compile the register. He said it is as a result of this uninformed position that has made the chairperson of the commission and her deputies adamant on compiling a new electoral roll which he opined is “useless”.
Bernard Mornah who is aspiring to be the Member of Parliament for the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency said the Commission may rethink its decision of compiling a new register if they know Ghanaians will forgive them for failing to protect the public purse by procuring registration materials at a wrong time.
Speaking on W93.5FM’s Wakeup Upper West program on Thursday, May 28, Hon Mornah further intimated that the Electoral Commission will not be able to roll out the registration in June as announced since the equipment needed for the exercise are not yet in the country. He disagreed with the EC that the postponement of the registration which was scheduled for April 18 was due to the covid-19 pandemic. Mr. Mornah argued that, the decision to call off the exercise then was because of non-availability of registration equipment which he said is still a challenge. “If the registration was called off because of covid-19, why are they preparing to compile it this time when positive cases of the disease have significantly increased?” he quizzed.
Touching on other matters, the vociferous chairman said the Electoral Commission’s decision to use only Ghana Card and Passport for the registration is a recipe for confusion. He stated that his comment of resisting the registration was misconstrued by the media. Mr. Anbataayela denied allegations that he said he will disrupt the registration at the centres, but maintained that he will respond in equal measure to any physical attacks aimed at him during the registration process.