According to the Chairperson of the Commission, Jean Mensa, the new Constitutional Instrument it is seeking to be passed in Parliament is not meant for a new register.
We don’t intend to compile a new voters’ register – EC
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has debunked reports that it intends to compile a new voters register ahead of the 2024 general elections.
Addressing Parliament on the new Constitutional Instrument (C.I) that seeks to make the Ghana Card the sole registration document for elections, Jean Mensa categorically stated that the EC will not compile a new register ahead of the 2024 elections.
“We would like to assure the House that we are not seeking to prepare a new register, the C.I. is for a continuous registration and not for a new register.”
The EC Chairperson flew from Nigeria into the country after observing elections in that country to appear before Parliament after she was summoned.
Jean Mensa said the proposed C.I. seeks to promote continuous registration of voters and will allow for an all-year-round registration of eligible voters at its district offices.
“Under the limited voters’ registration process, registration was conducted at limited periods and was not done all year round. This made it such that, persons who turned 18 after the registration period could not do so after the time set for the limited registration, which usually within 2–3 weeks.”
“Under the new C.I., anyone who turns 18 can simply walk into any of our district offices and register to vote. This is a departure from the previous one. The main advantage of this is that potential voters can register anytime any day. Eligible persons will be at liberty to do it at their leisure because it will be an all-year-round activity.”
The draft constitutional instrument entitled: Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2021 has sparked controversy, especially the section that sought to make the Ghana Card the sole form of identification for eligible voters who wanted to get onto the national register.
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