Samuel Ofosu Ampofo Urges Early Involvement of Religious Leaders and CSOs in Election Oversight

by Louisa Afful
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Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has urged religious leaders and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to monitor the Electoral Commission (EC) closely before the 2024 elections. He advised them not to wait until the last minute to get involved.

Ampofo, the former Eastern Regional Minister, criticized the EC for making unilateral decisions, such as barring party agents from monitoring the vote transfer process. He believes religious leaders and CSOs should address these issues early, instead of just organizing prayers near election day.

On Onua TV’s Maakye show, Ampofo emphasized the importance of involving all stakeholders in setting election rules. He said, “If the structures are in place and everyone is involved, there won’t be much need for prayers because the system will work.”

He stressed that monitoring the EC’s preparations is crucial for a fair election and called for early involvement from religious leaders, CSOs, and traditional authorities. Signing agreements to accept election results at the last minute is insufficient, he argued.

Ampofo also noted that the NDC has no excuse if they don’t win the December elections. He mentioned that many Ghanaians are ready to vote for the NDC, but the party must ensure the votes are protected and accurately counted.

“We need to ensure the EC does the right thing to prevent being swayed. A neutral referee is essential for a fair outcome,” he concluded.

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