Voter Transfer issues: Peace Council must intervene – CODEO

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Voter Transfer issues: Peace Council must intervene – CODEO

The National Coordinator of the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) Albert Arhin has asked the National Peace Council to intervene in the issues that have come up with the transfer of votes, especially the tension between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Electoral Commission (EC).

He says that if this matter is not resolved, it will affect the smooth transfer of votes.

His comments follow the rejection of the EC’s directive to political parties to recall their agents from its offices in the ongoing voter transfer exercise by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

During an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Monday, the NDC maintained its position not to withdraw its agents, asking its agents to ignore the EC’s ‘outrageous’ directive.

Also, the NDC noted that it had information indicating that the NPP was moving some voters from different constituencies to increase their votes in certain constituencies.

Speaking on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 Monday, June 3, Mr. Arhin said “it has never happened in any transfer of votes that you send people there as observers, that is the first time and look at what has happened my personal view is that the way this thing is going either the peace council can come in and talk to both parties so that peace can prevail if we forget about it and let this continue we are not going to have a smooth transfer of votes.”

He further stated that the EC was magnanimous to allow the party agents to monitor the process because there is no law backing it.

“As for the assurance, they [EC] said it again and again. They gave assurance that there’s nothing untoward they would do and that they are going to be as transparent as ever. They even emphasized the fact that this is not even in the law they have allowed them to go and it shows the extent to which they can be magnanimous in granting this wish.

“I was surprised when I got there because it has never happened in any transfer of votes that you send people there as observers…it’s the first time and look at what has happened.

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