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There have been multiple calls for the Electoral Commission, EC to engage more with its stakeholders to ensure a more participatory and acceptable electoral process.

The latest to add voice to these calls is the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Mr Edward Kwaku Asomani.

He says the EC must strengthen its engagement with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee, IPAC on issues relating to the electoral processes, explaining that a continuous relationship with IPAC will form part of efforts aimed at improving upon Ghana’s electoral system.

Speaking on the recent court injunction placed on the EC regarding the limited registration, Mr. Asomani said going forward, IPAC should be involved more in the decision making process on electoral issues even though it is not binding on the EC, so as to avoid unnecessary litigation that could take a toll on the electoral calender.

He said IPAC and the EC have a common agenda, which is to ensure that the advancement of the electoral system through consensus building with political parties is achieved.

Alluding to the past examples of EC-IPAC relations, Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, said some key decisions were made as a result of that process and suggests the current EC and political parties should go back to the drawing board and use IPAC effectively because it did some good in the past.

Going forward the EC is advised to strengthen its communication and engagement with the public on decisions and actions as far as the electoral processes are concerned.

That, when done, Mr. Asomani said it will clear public doubt and ensure that no political party apportions blame to the EC after the 2020 elections.

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