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Political parties against new voter register protest in Kumasi

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The Inter-Party Resistance Against a New Voters’ Register is embarking on a second in the series demonstrations to gather public support against the compilation of a new voters register for this year’s elections.

The demonstration which is taking place in Kumasi follows an earlier one in Tamale.

The group, made up of opposition parties including the NDC, All People’s Congress (APC) and the PNC, say EC’s justification for a new electoral roll is unacceptable.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command says it will ensure that the routes agreed for the event are secure as well as law and order maintained throughout the march.

The police however notes that no acts of lawlessness such as burning of lorry tyres, throwing of stones, harassment of bystanders and hawkers, would be entertained during the demonstration.

The Electoral Commission (EC), however, insists they will go ahead and create the register despite the disagreement by the parties and civil society organisations.

Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, has indicated that the EC’s programme is on track.

“Our programme is still on track. We’re doing consultations but our activities are on track. We have drawn our programme with our timeline that we are going to compile the voters’ register and complete by end of May. Do our exhibition by end of August,” he said in an interview on GBC’s current affairs programme, ‘Behind the News’, in Accra.

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