Mr. Kwesi Pratt questions EC on decision to ignore the use of birth certificate

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana has laid before the House of Parliament, a request to have the constitutional Instrument (C.I) 91 amended to allow the use of the National Passport and Ghana card as the legal documents for the upcoming voter’s registration exercise. Over the years, the birth certificate has served numerous verification purposes for National registration exercises.

The request by the Electoral commission means the document together with others such as driver’s license, and National Health Identification Cards won’t be accepted from the general public for purposes of the upcoming voter’s exercise.  Per this, all nationals wanting to engage in the forthcoming exercise must have either a National Passport or the Ghana card to meet the requirements of the EC. Even though the decision sounds questionable, the Electoral Commission has defended its decision by noting that the step will help the commission to get rid of unqualified names and put up a credible register for the upcoming elections.

The decision hasn’t gone down well with the ace journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. In his remarks on ‘Kokrokoo’ morning show, the ace journalist questioned the EC’s decision to resort to the use of Ghana card and the National Passport as the only legal documents for the upcoming voter’s registration exercise. He noted that the birth certificate had been a legal requirement in the acquisition of a National Passport. So, if the EC is demanding the National Passport as a legal document for the upcoming exercise, the birth certificate should equally be accepted. Mr Pratt, questioned if there is any other document that proves nationality better than the birth certificate?

The new decision of the EC will raise lots of backlash as several Ghanaians can boast of birth certificates as compared to the National Passport. Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission of Ghana has assured Ghanaians that the upcoming general elections will be free and fair.

 

 

 

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