Monday, 17 June

Voter transfer: Agents who foment trouble would be withdrawn - EC warns

General News
Dr Serebour Quaicoe, EC director for Electoral Services

The Electoral Commission (EC) has issued a stern warning that it will withdraw agents who cause disturbances during the ongoing voter transfer exercise. 

Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, the EC’s Director of Electoral Services, emphasized the EC's mandate to ensure a smooth and orderly process.

This announcement follows a reversal of the EC's earlier decision to ban agents from monitoring the exercise after clashes erupted between supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Awutu Senya East Constituency, Central Region.

Dr. Quaicoe stated that political parties are collectively responsible for the actions of their agents, noting that agents have been reported as the main instigators of the troubles. 

He highlighted that some agents have been disseminating false information to their supporters, inciting unrest.

To address these issues, the EC has engaged in discussions with political stakeholders about the decision to withdraw any agent found to be causing trouble.

 Dr. Quaicoe clarified that political parties have the right to replace any withdrawn agents to maintain the transparency of the process.

He urged agents to adhere to proper conduct during the exercise to avoid being withdrawn.

 Dr. Quaicoe also pointed out that although the Constitutional Instrument (C.I 127) regulations 22 on vote transfer does not explicitly provide for agents, the EC decided to allow their presence to ensure transparency.

Dr. Quaicoe delivered this message during an interview with Accra-based Neat FM on Wednesday, June 4, 2024.

Source: Mensah