EC determined to disenfranchise some Ghanaians – Mahama

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John Dramani Mahama accuses the Electoral Commission of making it hard for Ghanaians to vote.

According to Mr. Mahama, the EC’s insistence on using the Ghana Card for future voter ID card registrations might disenfranchise many individuals.

“The Electoral Commission delights in making it hard for our countrymen to vote,” Mahama said on Facebook.

“They are intended to disenfranchise portions of our populace at any means by insisting on the Ghana Card as the sole form of identity for a voter card.”

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The tweet comes days after the EC refuted allegations that it would construct a fresh register for the 2024 Elections.

Maintaining that the 2020 Election Register was still legitimate, the Commission said it was putting in place mechanisms to guarantee the continued registration of individuals using the Ghana Card as the sole foundation document to register new persons.

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“We aren’t creating a new voter list. The one we gathered in 2020 is legitimate, so we won’t throw it out. But you and I know that people have been demanding, “Why don’t you roll out continuous registration so that when someone reaches 18, they go to our offices and register?” asked Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC).

“Yes, we are. What we’re doing is releasing a new Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) after holding Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) sessions with political parties.

Dr. Quaicoe said all political parties have been informed on the process except the NDC, which has boycotted Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) sessions since 2015.

The tweet comes days after the EC refuted allegations that it would construct a fresh register for the 2024 Elections.

Maintaining that the 2020 Election Register was still legitimate, the Commission said it was putting in place mechanisms to guarantee the continued registration of individuals using the Ghana Card as the sole foundation document to register new persons.

“We aren’t creating a new voter list. The one we gathered in 2020 is legitimate, so we won’t throw it out. But you and I know that people have been demanding, “Why don’t you roll out continuous registration so that when someone reaches 18, they go to our offices and register?” asked Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC).

“Yes, we are. What we’re doing is releasing a new Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) after holding Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) sessions with political parties.

Dr. Quaicoe said all political parties have been informed on the process except the NDC, which has boycotted Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) sessions since 2015.

“Our impression is that the Electoral Commission wants to make the National ID Card the sole way to register for a Voter ID Card,” Mr. Iddrisu told reporters in Parliament on July 12, 2022.

“Since 1993, voter registration procedures have required a guarantor to ensure that a person is Ghanaian, of age, and of sound mind in order to vote and be voted for in Ghana’s elections.”

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