A lot of are worried, our youth, gals and aged, including foreigners and Diplomats residing in the Region. One thing urgently requires to be accomplished to proactively reduce and diffuse the rigidity setting up up. Otherwise, the simmering tensions can induce a political explosion. And any this sort of an explosion can be really catastrophic and detrimental for Ghana.
As explained generally, Election is a process. It really is not an event and an finish in alone. And the 2020 Elections is no exception.
At any time due to the fact the incumbent Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson took place of work, every electoral action and electoral processes in the operate-up to the December 7th Elections have not passed devoid of controversies. And it appears these who proffered suggestions and attempted to interrogate problems or even challenged some of the EC’s conclusions and procedures have now been considerably vindicated.
From the decision to compile a new Voter Register, the procurement procedures associated with the acquisition of a new Biometric Election Management software program system and accompanying Biometric Verification Gadgets (BVDs) and Biometric Verification Visitors (BDRs), to the genuine voter registration workout, compilation of the new voter’s register, exhibition of the provisional voter sign up the EC has been fraught with challenges and quite a few issues predominantly arising from bad consultation, obtain-in of essential stakeholders, very poor communication, bad implementation and deliberate acts of blindsiding crucial stakeholders alongside the way, and palpable acts of deception on the section of the EC.
Underpinning all the concerns, troubles and controversies involving the EC is the situation of Mistrust and the will need to make Have faith in. Some minority political events and even Civil Culture Organisations (CSOs), have on numerous situations experienced lead to to complain about the adamant and uncompromising posturing of the Electoral Commission, and the EC’s personal very poor approach and dealings (engagements) with the political parties.
The present EC does not regard the longstanding function and significance of the Inter-Occasion Advisory Committee (IPAC). The IPAC above the many years has been instrumental and sent huge support to the Electoral Commission because its formation. Indeed, considerably of the balance and believability of Ghana’s Elections and electoral procedures is largely owing to the part of IPAC.
Under the previous leadership of the EC, each and every determination that obtained carried out by the EC typically emanated from consultations, collaborative participation and consensual selections and agreements by IPAC. There was a good deal of consensus-making among political parties and the EC in occasions earlier.
Nonetheless, the predicament is not the exact same presently. So for the present EC to be facet-lining IPAC and exclusively getting decisions for the electoral processes in the forthcoming December 2020 elections is very stressing. The present-day EC helps make decisions without recourse to IPAC. Evidently, IPAC now exists only in identify and the causes why the EC is operating this way is baffling.
Provided the significant stakes in the future Elections, and at the identical time thinking of the superior amount of distrust amongst the EC and some political get-togethers, some CSOs and the basic community, are admonishing the EC to adopt a consultative posturing and have faith in-developing technique that seeks to cut down suspicions and thereby diffuse tensions. These kinds of rely on engendering pursuits are important for countrywide cohesion and shipping and delivery of credible elections.
A suggestion to build believe in will be for the Electoral Fee to allow for all its BVDs to be subjected to exclusive system audit by all the Political Functions. This must be performed at the District amount where by the BVDs are properly saved a couple of days forward of the Elections.
This audit could be accomplished by independent IT persons in the existence of IT experts of just about every Political celebration, District Police heads and quite possibly reps from CSOs and Election Observers.
Somebody may perhaps request, what is the purpose of this BVD audit? In essence, we are all conscious of “No Verification, No Vote” and require to build consensus and build how in excellent instances in which “manual verification” is deployed, how it could be undertaken without the need of arousing suspicion. This is due to the fact the BVDs had been not used and examined to confirm voters throughout the just ended Voter Exhibition exercising. This technically indicates that the BVDs have not been publicly analyzed to establish their performance. So the functionality of the BVDs ought to be affirmed by all political parties included in the impending Elections. If performed, this might support minimize the level suspicion to the barest minimum. Once more, it helps verify irrespective of whether each and every BVD has not previously been compromised.
Free of charge, Honest and Transparent Elections is peacemaking and the benefits of such BVD audit will go a prolonged way in making certain credible Elections for all political parties and Ghana in standard through the December 7th Elections.
Suggestions from a real Citizen
By: Kwaku Boateng
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