A past Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has called for due persistence and profound thought before the nation proceeds to enroll Ghanaians living abroad to cast a ballot in interior races.
Parliament passed the Representation of People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL), 2006 (Act 699) to prepare for Ghanaians in the Diaspora to be enrolled and permitted to cast a ballot in inner decisions.
The EC is yet to completely execute the law.
In an address at the New Year School and Conference at the University of Ghana in Accra yesterday, Dr Afari-Gyan said given the multifaceted nature of the procedures engaged with opening the conduit for Ghanaians abroad to cast a ballot, more work should have been done to guarantee that the move would not turn out to be counter-beneficial.
He was talking on the theme: “Enhancing the appointive procedure for law based solidification.”
Dr Afari-Gyan stated, for example, that there was the need to obviously decide if Ghanaians in the Diaspora would cast a ballot as a substitute, via mail or would be required to be available face to face to cast their tallies.
Moreover, he stated, the topic of whether Ghanaians in the Diaspora ought to be made to cast a ballot in every single general race in the nation should be settled.
“We have to know whether Ghanaians living abroad will cast a ballot in all decisions in the nation, how the casting a ballot will be done and how to follow the framework to guarantee that the honesty of the procedure and results are not messed with.
“It will be amazingly troublesome and unwieldy for the EC to process colossal records for all Ghanaians abroad to cast a ballot as a substitute; casting a ballot via mail likewise implies that there ought to be a hearty following framework to guarantee that the procedure isn’t mishandled and furthermore guarantee that there isn’t much defer in results statement,” he included.
Approach to go
The previous EC boss proposed that the best approach was to constrain casting a ballot by Ghanaians abroad to just presidential decisions.
He likewise upheld that Ghana’s remote missions be utilized as surveying communities for the races.
“All Ghanaians living in all parts of the world can’t be enlisted and made to cast a ballot; on the off chance that we demand that each Ghanaian must enlist and cast a ballot, it will be awkward and impracticable thus we should utilize our international safe havens and offices for that reason,” he said.
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