We have no interest in disenfranchising eligible Ghanaians- Jean Mensa
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Jean Mensa has stated that the EC has no interest in disenfranchising eligible voters towards the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections by any means.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, September 18, 2023, Madam Jean Mensa stated that some people are accusing the EC of trying to disenfranchise eligible voters via the ongoing Limited Voter Registration exercise by dispatching faulty registration materials and equipment to the strongholds of some specific political parties but all these are false.
” The allegations being made against us including accusations of our working to disenfranchise eligible voters to sending faulty kits to strongholds of a specific political party are false,” she said.
She added that those accusing the commission of trying to disenfranchise eligible voters were silent when a similar initiative was taken by the commission in 2016 before the general elections.
“What is baffling is that the same people who are accusing us of trying to disenfranchise eligible voters were silent in 2016 when the commission instituted registration in the district offices ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections,” she added.
Madam Jean Mensa also stated that citizens who are unable to register in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise will get the opportunity to register in 2024.
“Our budget and work plan has been approved by parliament and so parliament is aware of every budget we are working with. Our plan for 2024 is to take up a mop exercise in the difficult-to-access areas after the continuous exercise in all our district offices across the country”.
“Therefore people who are unable to register in the ongoing exercise will get the opportunity to do so next year”, the EC noted.
Also, the chairperson of the EC announced an increase in the number of centres in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise.