The Majority Caucus leader in parliament, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu is advising the Electoral Commission (EC) to maintain the time schedule for the last general elections for the 2024 elections.
This, he explained is to avoid cases of disenfranchisement in the next general elections.
Mr. Mensah-Bonsu was reacting to the Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa’s indications of a change in the time schedule. According to her, the closure of polls would now be at 3pm, a step taken by the EC to engender transparency in the upcoming election. This would also help electoral officers collate results in time before it gets dark.
She was speaking at an inter-party conversations in Accra, organized by the National Peace Council.
But the Majority leader believes it is too early to make such a pronouncement. He advised that the new time schedule should be reconsidered, especially as the just ended district-assembly elections revealed some level of disorganization on the part of EC.
According to him and evidently expressed by some dissatisfied individuals and groups, the EC was not even ready when it was time to begin voting.
“The attempt to reduce voting time from 5 pm to 3 pm again we should interrogate it. I believe it is too early for the EC to do it. When I went to vote, the materials had not been assembled yet even though I got there at 8:15, I had to stay until 9:20 to start voting, already two hours wasted.”
“We didn’t have to bring the conclusion from 5 pm to 3 pm. Then the voters would have lost about four hours…So let’s all stick to the 5 pm of voting,” he said.