John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has expressed worry about the Electoral Commission’s suggestion to change the polling date from December to November.
Mahama believes that the new measures can cast doubt on the election’s integrity.
The Electoral Commission has advised shifting the polling date from December 7 to November 7 and has stated that it would not utilize indelible ink in the next presidential and parliamentary elections.
The NDC has rejected these ideas and urged the EC to postpone the date change until 2028.
Mr. Mahama believes that if the planned changes are not implemented correctly, they will cause chaos, and he questions why the EC waited until only eight months before the elections to make such important revisions.
Mr Mahama spoke during a breakfast meeting with Clergy and Faith-based organizations in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional Capital, and encouraged the Electoral Commission to take the concerns addressed seriously and to avoid surprising political parties.
He underlined the importance of transparency and careful deliberation while executing any adjustments to maintain the credibility of the election system.
“After each election, we meet down and discuss electoral reforms, and we agree on what to do. Since 2020, we have just 9 months till the next election, and the EC has already made significant reforms. There is no indelible ink, and the reforms are different. Such behaviour undermines public trust in the electoral process. We returned to IPAC when the Peace Council intervened, and now they [EC] are claiming they want to reschedule the election date and bring in a new CI to replace the previous one, but our worry is why wait till now? We don’t want to surprise people or cause disruptions if something doesn’t work out. This is our position.