Nana Akufo-Addo has said addressing the state of anxiety in the nation over the 2016 elections begins with a credible voter’s register and has, therefore, called on President John Mahama to add his voice to the call on the Electoral Commission (EC) to deal with the issue with urgency.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag-bearer said this while delivering his version of the State of the Nation Address in Accra on February 29.
“President Mahama assured the nation that the impending national election will be free and fair. We are grateful for this assurance. But with just a few months to the 2016 polls the core issues of a credible register is still not resolved.
“Compilation of a new register has been rejected. The Electoral Commission’s own solution of exhibition of the register has also been rejected by its own panel of experts as not a viable option.
“The Charles Crabbe report recommended a viable cost effective middle way which is – validation – requiring all citizens, who want to remain on the voter’s register to report to their polling station to be validated with photo and finger print check.
“So far, the EC has been silent on this recommendation by its own panel of experts.
“Addressing the state of anxiety in the nation over the 2016 elections begins with a credible voter’s register and I respectfully call on the president to add his voice on the call on the Electoral Commission to deal with this issue with urgency”.