The Electoral Commission (EC) has received 400 million GH from the budgeted 701 million GH for the 2020 elections according to majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.

The Commission is expected to start preparing a new voter register on 30th June ahead of the December 7 polls.

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At a parliamentary briefing, the majority leader said the Special Budget Committee will ensure the Ministry of Finance release the remaining 301 million GH so that the EC can conduct a free and fair election.

“GH¢701 million has been released, but the actual [amount] received by the Commission is GH¢400 million. The committee should pursuit the Ministry of Finance to do what is needed, not because of COVID-19, let’s face it, time is clearly not on our side,” he said.

The EC is fighting for time to hold the 2020 general election amid a global coronavirus pandemic.

The Commission is trying to compile a new voter register that will be used for the upcoming elections in December.

The decision to make a new register is subject to various challenges, including strong opposition from some civil society organizations and opposition political parties.

The oppositions against the creation of the new register have cited the time available and the outbreak of the pandemic.

Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register

The largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is currently in court to oppose the Commission’s decision to exclude the use of current voter ID cards as part of a proof of identification for new registrations.

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