The Member of Parliament for Builsa South constituency, Dr. Clement Abass Apaak has reiterated the minority’s readiness to resist the Electoral Commission’s Constitutional Instrument (CI) suggesting the Ghana card as the sole document required for continuous registration to be able to vote in Ghana.
The Electoral Commission has submitted a Constitutional Instrument that makes the Ghana card the only source document for continuous voter registration.
The new Constitutional Instrument is in Parliament and has been referred to the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament for consideration.
Speaking to Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East show, Dr. Clement Apaak said the work of the Electoral Commission is to make things easy for citizens to exercise their franchise.
He said “we have said that the CI is not acceptable. We simply cannot understand why the EC is proposing a CI that has the potential to disenfranchise Ghanaians when the constitution makes it very clear that it is the right of every citizen of voting age and sound mind to exercise his/her franchise.”
“The cardinal role of the EC is not to put impediments in the way of citizens and their rights to vote. The role is to make it easier for citizens to be able to exercise their franchise. What they are proposing as far as I know is the opposite and we will not tolerate it. How do you tell us that you are going to use only one particular document which in itself is a product of other primary documents as a basis to register people to vote?”
“Clearly, we cannot accept it and we have made it very very clear from the onset that if they try, what Ghanaians have seen in the past is going to be a child’s play because we will not let it happen.”
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz| Samuel Adagom|Bolgatanga| Ghana