The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has reiterated his call to the Electoral Commission (EC) not to abandon the use of indelible ink in the 2024 general elections. The Electoral Commission has suggested abandoning the use of indelible ink in the December polls, a proposal strongly opposed by the
Minority caucus in Parliament. Aligning with the Minority’s stance, the Majority Leader highlighted
concerns about the potential misuse of the electoral process if indelible ink is not used.
He pointed out that without indelible ink, individuals might vote in one region and then move to another to vote, exploiting the lack of synchronization in the election management body’s database.
Before making the statement, the Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, has also expressed grave concerns about the potential consequences of EC’s decision, warning that it could lead to chaos at polling stations across the country. He urged for the decision to be reversed immediately.
Addressing Parliament at the commencement of the fourth session of the eighth Parliament, Dr. Ato Forson stressed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would vehemently oppose the EC’s move.
He explained that, the use of indelible ink is vital for ensuring the integrity of elections, as it provides a visible and transparent means of verifying voters in addition to biometric verification.
The former Deputy Finance Minister and the MP for Ajumako – Enyan-Essiam also issued a firm warning to the Electoral Commission (EC), stating that NDC will not support any proposal to alter the scheduled
date for the 2024 elections.
Dr. Ato Forson stressed the importance of upholding established electoral practices to safeguard the credibility and fairness of the electoral process.