In a significant move aimed at optimizing the electoral process, Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) has proposed a shift in the date for the 2024 General Elections from December 7th to November 7th. The proposal, if accepted, would mark a departure from the long-standing tradition of holding elections on December 7th.
The Electoral Commission argues that moving the election date to November 7th would provide additional time for the resolution of potential post-election disputes and enhance the overall efficiency of the electoral process. The proposed change is part of ongoing efforts to improve the electoral system and address challenges encountered during previous elections.
Speaking on behalf of the Electoral Commission, the Chairperson, who outlined the proposal in a press conference, emphasized the need for a smoother transition period and reduced tension surrounding election results. The Commission believes that the extra time would allow for a thorough verification of results and a more transparent resolution of any electoral disputes.
The proposal has sparked discussions among various political stakeholders and the public, with opinions divided on the potential benefits and drawbacks of such a change. Supporters argue that the proposed adjustment aligns with international best practices and could contribute to the credibility of the electoral process, while critics express concerns about the impact on established voting patterns and the need for extensive voter education.
If the proposal receives approval, it would require amendments to the relevant election laws and may involve consultations with political parties, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders. The Electoral Commission assures the public that the proposal is motivated by a commitment to fostering a more robust and reliable electoral system in Ghana.
As the nation awaits further developments on this proposed change, it remains to be seen how stakeholders will engage in discussions and whether the suggested shift in the election date will gain widespread acceptance ahead of the 2024 General Elections.
story filed by: Nana Kwaku Duah