Hundreds of people have thronged Aboabo School park today in support of the ‘Yenpene ’ demonstration organized by the Inter-Party Resistance Against new Voters Register, OTEC News can report.
The demonstration, which has rallied members of various opposition parties, marks the second of its kind in a series of demonstrations they have vowed to use to express their displeasure over plans by the Electoral Commission to compile a new Voters Register.
Many of the protesters were seen clad in red, with placards bearing different messages up in the air to send off a strong signal about their displeasure.
The electoral commission, however, insists they will go ahead and create the register despite the disagreement by the parties and civil society organisations.
Last week, a coalition of major Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and key individuals under the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) in a statement collectively rejected the decision of the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters’ register ahead of this year’s general elections.
The coalition, numbering about eighteen (18) CSOs are the latest to join several groups to criticize the EC’s plan to introduce a new voter management system for the upcoming elections.
The members of the coalition include the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), IMANI Africa, SEND Ghana, Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), Financial Accountability and Transparency, Africa (FAT-Africa), Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and Youth Bridge Foundation.
The others are the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Citizens Movement against Corruption (CMaC), Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Parliamentary Network Africa (PNA), Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-Ghana), PACKS-Africa and the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC).