Majority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu wants those kicking against the compilation of a new voter register by the Electoral Commission (EC) not to turn a blind eye to an existing fact that the current register is bloated, and is thus ill-suited for the 2020 general elections.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister recalled how two former Chairpersons of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan and Madam Charlotte Osei beseeched Ghanaians to assist purge the register of unwanted names.
“When Charlotte Osei was there as the Chairperson, she said the same thing that Ghanaians should help to purge the list of undesirables, those who have lost their lives but still have their names captured in the register. So, we are all aware that the voters’ register is bloated,” he recollected.
“Even if we are not going to compile a new register, we may have to conduct a limited registration and if that is done and these new numbers are added to the existing voter’s register, it will then mean that there will be more than 18 million names in the register,” he mentioned.
To him, it will be a clear anomaly for any country to have more than 60 percent of its population captured as registered voters.
“We have a population of about 30 million and our voter register may have 18 million people, what does it mean? It means that we have 60 percent of the population as eligible to vote . . .a clear case of an over-bloated register and that cannot be,” the Majority Leader stated.