Anchoring Democracy Advocacy Movement Ghana (ADAM-GH) has made a request to the Ministry of Finance and Electoral Commission for a budget to pay for the indelible ink ahead of the December elections.
In a bid to uphold the integrity of Ghana’s electoral process, the Anchoring Democracy Advocacy Movement Ghana (ADAM-GH) has called on the Electoral Commission to reconsider its decision to exclude the use of indelible ink in the upcoming 2024 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Since Ghana’s return to democratic rule in 1992, the application of indelible ink has been a cornerstone in ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections. ADAM-GH, a civil society organization dedicated to promoting democratic principles, emphasizes the crucial role indelible ink plays in preventing incidents of double voting and safeguarding the sanctity of electoral outcomes.
Despite advancements in electoral technology, including the introduction of biometric verification devices and colored photo identification cards, the use of indelible ink remains indispensable. Recent events, such as the violence and disputes witnessed during Parliamentary primaries in the Yendi constituency, underscore the importance of maintaining this essential electoral safeguard.
“It comes as a shock to ADAM-GH that the Electoral Commission would consider removing indelible ink from our electoral process without sufficient justification,” stated a spokesperson for the organization. “The incidents in Yendi serve as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of such a decision.”
In response to these concerns, ADAM-GH has submitted a proposal to the Electoral Commission, requesting a budget for the procurement of indelible ink for the December 2024 elections. The organization has pledged to fully fund the purchase of the ink, emphasizing its commitment to enhancing the credibility of the electoral process.
“We firmly believe that reinstating the use of indelible ink will strengthen the integrity of the 2024 elections and uphold Ghana’s reputation as a beacon of democracy,” the spokesperson added.
ADAM-GH awaits the Electoral Commission’s response and urges swift action to ensure that indelible ink remains a vital component of Ghana’s electoral procedures.