Election 2016: Kufuor backs calls for new register

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 15: (AFP OUT) Ghana President John Kufuor delivers a speech and toast during a state dinner in his honor at the White House September 15, 2008 in Washington, DC. Kufuor is on a three-day state visit to the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has thrown his weight behind calls for a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 elections.

“I am with you entirely, completely that the Electoral Commission should not plead excuses like cleaning the voters’ register.

“I have seen what faulty elections can do to otherwise peaceful people. So the Electoral Commission should listen,” the former president told leaders of the pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), who paid a courtesy on him to seek his support for their call for a fresh register.

The main opposition New Patriotic Party and the LMVC have been at the forefront of the call for a fresh register ahead of the 2016 elections.

The group on Wednesday obtained the backing of former President Jerry Rawlings and his wife for a fresh register for the 2016 polls.

They contend that the current register is compromised and unfit for next year’s elections.

They are therefore seeking support from recognizable institutions and civil society groups to push home their demand.

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