The Electoral Commission has received an amount of GH¢400 million out of a budgeted amount of GH¢701 million, towards the conduct of the 2020 general elections. This was disclosed by the honourable majority leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
Addressing a press briefing in parliament, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Suame in the Ashanti Region, said the Special Budget Committee will pursue the Ministry of Finance to ensure they release the remaining GH¢301 million to enable the EC to hold free and fair elections.
“GH¢701 million has been released but [the amount] actually received by the Commission [is] GH¢400 million. The Committee will have to engage the Finance Ministry to put pressure on them, to do what is needful because, no thanks to this COVID-19 environment, let’s face it, time is certainly not on our side.” He said.
Ahead of the general election, the EC also seeks to prepare a new voters’ register. Though they are racing against time, and their decision has also been met with fierce resistance from the opposition NDC and many civil society organizations, the EC remains confident that they will get their job done ahead of schedule.