The Founder and leader of United Progressive Party(UPP) Akwasi Addai Odike has warned the Electoral Commission(EC) of Ghana to review its requirements for the registration of voters to avoid losing credibility.
On Angel in the Morning, hosted by Kwame Tanko, Odike stated:
‘So the EC is going to indicate who is Ghanaian in this country? The kind of requirements they’re stating is Unnecessary. As i speak, ask how many Ghanaians have passports, and Ghana cards? The Commission better fall on the National Identification Authority for data to be able to conduct a fair exercise devoid of credibility issues.’
‘But on the contrary using the Ghana card or a passport will hinder also the registration exercise which in the long run will take away the constitutional right of the people to vote. I remember on this same platform I appealed to the EC to rethink its requirement decision before making it public. Here we are.. he sighed.
According to the ‘loud mouth’ politician, the NIA working together with the EC using the Ghana card as a source document will ‘definitely’ disenfranchise many which in the long run isn’t lawful, he stressed
The Electoral Commission (EC) wants Parliament to pass legislation that will enable citizens to use the Ghana Card and the passport for registration into the voters’ register.
Already, the EC has submitted a Constitutional Instrument to the Legislature to amend the relevant law or C.I. 91.
Parliament is currently considering the Constitutional Instrument.
Source: Angel FM Kumasi