Friday, February 23

Minority Leader Firmly Opposes Proposed Changes to 2024 Election Date and Use of Indelible Ink

Minority Leader Ato Forson

The Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, has issued a stern warning to the Electoral Commission (EC), asserting that the Minority will not support any proposal to alter the scheduled date for the 2024 elections. Dr. Ato Forson, representing the Ajumako Enyan Essiam constituency, emphasized that the EC should prioritize urgent issues over considering a change in the election date.

Dr. Ato Forson highlighted that there are more pressing matters demanding the EC’s immediate attention rather than what he termed as “unnecessary issues” like altering the election date. He urged the EC to focus its efforts on preparing the 2024 election calendar and addressing essential matters.

Addressing the Parliament, Dr. Ato Forson reaffirmed the Minority’s stance against changing the election date, stating unequivocally that the NDC Minority Caucus in Parliament will not support such a change. He emphasized that significant reforms following the 2024 elections might prompt a reconsideration of their stance.

Regarding the use of indelible ink in the upcoming elections, Dr. Ato Forson expressed strong opposition to the EC’s decision to abandon its usage. He raised serious concerns about the potential risks associated with this decision, warning of possible chaos at polling stations across the country.

Dr. Ato Forson stressed the importance of indelible ink in maintaining the integrity of the electoral process, emphasizing its role in ensuring transparent and physically verifiable voter identification. He urged the EC to reverse its decision immediately, highlighting the necessity of preserving the robustness of Ghana’s electoral system.

The Minority Leader’s firm stance reflects the ongoing debate and scrutiny surrounding the EC’s decisions and reforms ahead of the 2024 elections. As discussions continue, the Minority’s position adds to the complexity of the electoral landscape, underscoring the importance of transparent and inclusive electoral processes.