Voting Akufo-Addo urges Ghanaians abroad to "speak out" for the implementation of ROPAL

The law, passed in 2006 by the John Kufour administration, allows Ghanaians living outside the country to participate in general elections held in Ghana

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians abroad to speak out “loud and clear” for the implementation of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL)

The law, passed in 2006 by the John Kufour administration, allows Ghanaians living outside the country to participate in general elections held in Ghana.

However, the law has not been implemented since it passed by the Electoral Commission.

Speaking to Ghanaians in the UK on Friday, the president said he cannot understand why other state in West Africa allow citizens abroad to participate in their election but Ghanaians cannot do so.

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He said: “We don’t want politicians, presidents and ministers being responsible for our electoral system. The constitution in it wisdom has given the authority to a group called the Electoral Commission who have absolute independence to manage our electoral system for us.

“I cannot understand why Senegalese and Malians and Guineans and Togolese can vote in elections outside and Ghanaians cannot do so.
“So let all begin to see how this can be done.

“All kind of processes are going on. Some people have even brought a case to court to insist that the next election the laws should be applied.

“And I hear that the high court has ordered the Electoral Commission to come and show them what steps they are taking towards implementing that law.

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“It is an important step. I am happy the high court has taken that direction.

“But we also want to hear from you. You should raise your voice. Let all speak so that the Electoral Commission will hear loud and clear that we believe that the next elections, this law should be working so that everybody here can also participate.”

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