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Political parties are the biggest problem facing voter registration – Dr. Opuni-Frimpong

The Chief Executive Officer (CE0) of the Alliance for Christian Advocacy Africa (ACAA), Reverend Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong has urged all Ghanaians to avoid being manipulated by political parties to cheat the voting system through multiple registrations.

According to Dr. Opuni-Frimpong, people who indulge in the unscrupulous act of registering multiple times, as well as those who register though they’re below 18, among other electoral vices, are influenced by the major political parties and that should be stopped.

“There are individuals who will register two, three, or four times in different locations and it is not like somebody wakes up in the morning and say, ‘I am going to do multiple voter registration’. It is being done by the various political parties, members of parliament. They bus people and deliberately urge them to do double and multiple registration,” he said.

He noted that the country has always been faced with the problem of the validity of the voters register during elections although the constitution has clearly defined the requirements for registration.

“Per the laws of our land, who qualifies to vote is very clear, in terms of age, in terms of nationality, in terms of residence and settlement. We should abide by what the laws of the land,” he said.

Dr. Opuni-Frimpong advised that for the country’s voters register to be credible, leaders in the country should inculcate a strong sense of integrity.

“We need credible voters register, and it is human beings that help with a credible voters register. We cannot get it as long as we decide to manipulate the system … credibility of leadership, fairness, and truthfulness is what we need to create a credible voters register,” he stated.

He also called on all Ghanaians to be candid as they register to vote in the 2020 general elections.

“I call every Ghanaian, let us go and register, but let us be sincere in the process,” he concluded.