Former MP says implementing ROPAL is recipe for chaos

| Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 9:48am


ROPAL Act was passed to make it possible for Ghanaians abroad to cast their votes.


The Representation of the People Amendment Law (ROPAL) Act (699), which provides the opportunity for Ghanaians, living abroad, to participate in general election in Ghana, was passed by Parliament in 2005.

However, twelve years down the line, the Electoral Commission has not been able to implement ROPAL for obvious reasons.

President Akufo Addo during the recent Homecoming Summit in Accra gave the assurance that government is determined to provide the needed support to enable the EC to start the implementation processes towards ROPAL.

Taking a critical look at the implementation of the law and the inherent drawbacks on GBC's Current Affairs Program 'Talking Point,' Lawyer and Former MP for North Dayi George Loh disagreed with attempts to stampede the EC into implementing the Law, saying it could be a recipe for chaos.

For his part Director, DIASPORA Affairs, Office of the President, Akwasi Ababio called on government to look beyond the financial aspect of ROPAL and implement the law because those in the Diaspora also have the right to vote.

Head, Department of Urban and Environmental Management, Institute of Local government Studies Frederick Agyarko Oduro called for effective collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure a transparent and open process.