Voters roll: UK denies ‘10% bloat’ comment
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has said a report published by some newspapers, which suggested that the British government has said Ghana’s register of voters is bloated by 10 per cent is false.
The report said: “The British Government has acknowledged that Ghana’s controversial voters’ register is bloated by, at least, 10 per cent.”
The reports cited a copy of a letter it said emanated from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, addressed to some concerned Ghanaians, who petitioned Prime Minister David Cameron, indicating that: “We are fully aware of the concerns regarding the electoral register. We note that the average population percentage in Ghana of those eligible to vote is approximately 52%, which is 10% higher than continental average.”
The reports also said the correspondence, which bore the signature of Vicki Morley, Desk Officer for Ghana, said the British High Commission in Accra also stated that: “We stand ready to assist the Electoral Commission in ensuring that concerns can be addressed.”
In a reply to the authenticity of the reportage through a tweet, the UK High Commissioner to Ghana said: “This is yet more inaccurate reporting. The voters’ register is a purely Ghanaian domestic issue.”