Ghana’s main opposition party asked the electoral commission on Tuesday to create a new voters’ register before next year’s election, after allegations of fraudulent registration overshadowed the West African nation’s last vote. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) said it had overwhelming evidence that the electoral roll used for polls in 2012 was bloated with ineligible voters, including the names of Togolese nationals. Togo is home to the Ewe ethnic group that is also found in southeastern Ghana, where its members are regarded as strong supporters of President John Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“The voters’ register is incurably flawed and cannot be relied on for the 2016 elections,” NPP vice presidential candidate Mahamudu Bawumia told a news conference. “This morning we presented our arguments and evidence on this matter to the electoral commission.
“The evidence is damning and shows that Ghana’s voters register has been compromised,” he said.