The two main political parties such as the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), their leaders have backed calls for the Electoral Commission to decrease its budget in conducting elections.
The Executive Director for the Afrobarometer Network Prof Gyimah Boadi said in an address at this year’s ‘Kronti ne Akwamu’ lectures that implored the Elections Management Body, the holding elections cost need to lower by half for each voter before the 2020 polls.
Sharing the sentiments of the Afrobaromater Network Executive Director, the Campaign Manager of the NPP Peter Mac Manu and Director of Elections for the NDC Samuel Ofosu Ampofo in 2016 elections said it is far above the ground time the Electoral Commission lower down on electoral cost.
Mac Manu said that the tender system in the Electoral Commission must be opened and see-through. He said he have had reason to criticize to the Electoral Commission that how they printed their last pink sheets, not allowing the lowest bidder to have the offer.
He further added that he have complained about the cost of elections in Ghana compared to other African countries. There’s extra consumption. There’s duplication and so on. So there’s room for improvement in our budgetary expenditure on elections in this country, both inside and outside.
On his part, Ofosu Ampofo credited the high electoral expenditure by the Electoral Commission to require of proper and good planning.
He further said that if you are able to plan yourself in such a way that your activities will slash across the four-year period, he also believe that a lot could be done to save cost.
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