President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV has disclosed that the Electoral Commission has refused to honour an invitation extended to them (EC), for a dialogue on the compilation of the new voters’ register.
Addressing the media in Kumasi, he said the House of Chiefs has sent several calls to the commission since the 5th of February this year but is yet to receive any feedback from the electoral body.
Togbe Afede stated that his outfit sent invitations for a dialogue to the EC after receiving a petition from the coalition against the compilation of the New Voters’ Register.
According to him, they had planned to meet the EC to provide them updates on its preparedness for the December 7 polls as well as provide the necessary justification for its insistence to compile the new register barely 9 months to the polls.
Togbe Afede further noted that the Commission was given an invitation to meet the House of Chiefs again on Friday, March 13 but officials of the commission failed to show up, an action he describes as ‘unfortunate’.
“It is unfortunate that the EC failed to come as we requested. More unfortunate is the fact that in their response to our letter, they claim they had programs for the whole of February and they will be unable to come and sit down with us.
“With the requests, we made to them on the 5th of February, they said they didn’t have any time to meet us so the standing committee requested a registrar to go to them so that they will come early in this month so we can assemble to meet them, as of today, we have not heard from them.”