More than half of the population, that is, 64.9% want a new voter’s register ahead of the December polls, a University of Ghana (UG) survey has revealed.
Conducted by the Political Science Department of the university in December 2019, the researchers asked some 27,500 respondents: “The Electoral Commission intends to compile a new voters’ register. Do you agree?”
Majority of respondents from all the 16 regions answered in the affirmative.
Most respondents believe a new register will “ensure credibility” of the election results.
Those who were not in support of the EC’s decision said it would be a waste of resources.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other smaller parties who have joined forces to be known as Inter-Party Resistance against the New Voter Register have embarked on three demonstrations to protest the compilation of the new voter register.
The group is of the opinion that a new register with 10 months to the general election is only not an attempt by the EC to rig the election for the governing New Patriotic (NPP) but also a waste of state resources which should be channeled to other areas of development.
Meanwhile, the EC believes the integrity of the 2020 polls could be undermined if a new roll and a new Biometric Voter Management System are not put in place.
Below is a breakdown of the survey