The EC’s decision to compile the new voters register by accepting the National Passport and Ghana card as the only legal documents for purposes of the registration has received lots of backlashes. Ace Journalist, Mr Pratt questioned the position of the Electoral Comission whiles commenting on the issue on PeaceFm’s morning show “Kokrooko” just last week. The latest to extend his frustration at the decision of the EC is Political Science Lecture, Mr Jonathan Asante Okyere of the University of Cape Coast.
Speaking on Onua FM’s morning show “Yensempa”, Mr Asante Okyere questioned the resolutions adopted by the EC to compile the new voters register which is expected to be completed by June 2020. There have been several calls from the opposition, National Democratic Congress and some other political parties to have the exercise cancelled amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The EC has stated that persons who have no ownership to either a National Passport or the Ghana card can still participate in the upcoming registration exercise by making available two persons with the requisite documents to witness their eligibility. However, Mr Asante Okyere has labelled the position of the EC on the use of the National Passport or the Ghana card for the upcoming registration exercise as “voodoo logic”.
He continued to categorically state that he is yet to encounter an incompetent Chairperson of the is hindering the operations of the activities of the commission. Mr Jonathan Asante Okyere further noted that the Electoral commission’s decision to allow persons with the two legal documents (National Passport and Ghana card) to witness the eligibility of others for purposes of participating in the upcoming exercise would only breed wrongful payments of monies by ineligible persons to others to vouch for them.
The occurrence of this will create room for foreign nationals and ineligible persons to have their names registered in the new voters compilation, and thus compromise the true and fair position of the exercise. When the host sought the view of the Political Science lecturer on the NDC’s position on the upcoming Voters Exercise, Mr Asante noted that the National Democratic Congress’s position of opposing against the EC’s decision to compile new voters register is in the right direction.
He acknowledged that the fact that other political parties are in support of the position of the NDC tells that they have a strong position on the exercise. Mr Asante Okyere further emphasized that the President and the ruling party, NPP, have their thrown their weight behind the EC and believe that a new voters register could help influence the upcoming elections to their advantage. He further called on the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa to extend cautiousness about the decision elected by her outfit as it could harm the democratic atmosphere of the country.
The political Science lecturer has therefore called on Christian organizations, respected figures in the country and traditional leaders intervene and save the situation in exercise peace before, during, and after the upcoming general elections on December 7th.