Issifu Mahmoud, one of the persons who has shown interest in leading the Binduri constituency to the polls in the 2024 parliamentary election is confident that the position of the minority of the CI proposed by the Electoral Commission is the best and is to the benefit of all Ghanaians alike.
It will be recalled that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, told Parliament recently that the use of the Ghana Card as the sole identification document for continuous voters’ registration will guarantee the credibility and integrity of the country’s voter register and aid elections as a whole.
For the part of the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Ken Attafuah, he insisted that his outfit was ready to issue Ghana cards to eligible citizens voters to aid the EC in the registration process.
Equally, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, gave the assurance that the government would honour all financial commitments necessary to drive the voter registration process.
However, the Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) were not convinced about the process to make the Ghana Card the sole identification document for the registration, and advanced arguments, backed with questions, to support their position.
The EC chairperson was in the House to brief the Committee of the Whole on the new draft Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2022, on the floor of Parliament.
But according to the retired police officer and private legal practitioner, the EC’s position on the matter is problematic.
“Because of how politically biassed we are, we think that if our party is bringing this policy, bad or good, we need to support it. Someone might think that because I am an NDC member, it is the reason I am speaking this way but these are legal matters. These are constitutional provisions. These are fundamental laws and political rights that are given to ordinary Ghanaians like you and I. Thus, anything or anybody that is doing anything to take away that political right must be resisted. If you look at the constitution, from the preamble, it has spoken about the universal adult suffrage and that is you and I coming together to vote to entrust our confidence to choose one individual to lead us.”
“If some people feel that they would use other means and ways to ensure that a few people would choose a leader for us, the constitution does not support it,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana