The Eminent Advisory Committee will meet the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
The meeting is on the back of the recent controversy surrounding the Electoral Commission’s plan to procure a new election management system and also compile a new voter’s register.
A statement signed by the EC’s acting Director of Public Affairs, Sylvia Annoh, on behalf of the Committee, said the planned meeting seeks “to engage with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee on the Electoral Commission’s plan to compile a new Voters’ Register ahead of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”
“The Eminent Advisory Committee will meet with the Electoral Commission and the Inter-Party Advisory Committee as earlier indicated. The meeting will seek to engage with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee on the Electoral Commission’s plan to compile a new Voters’ Register ahead of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. The meeting will be held on Thursday, 30th January, 2020,” the statement said.
The EC plans to abandon its current biometric verification system and procure a new one which has a facial recognition technology. The Commission also plans to compile a new voters’ register.
But these plans are being opposed by a coalition of opposition political parties known as the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is among the parties opposing the new register.
The group maintains that any money spent on the register will be a waste of taxpayer money.
The NDC even went as far as walking out of a meeting with the EC on December 10, 2019, when the matter came up.
The EC had earlier given suggestions that it was determined to go ahead with its plan without the buy-in of the opposing political parties, raising concerns about the lack of consensus among the stakeholders.
But on the 15th of January, 2020, the EC’s Eminent Advisory Committee called for calm and said it planned to meet the various stakeholders on the matter.