EC denies inserting unqualified candidate into Assin North voters' register

The Electoral Commission has denied claims by the Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, who alleged that there is a plot by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the election management body to unlawfully insert an unqualified candidate into the Assin North voters' register.

Electoral Comissioner Jean Mensah and Bossman Asare

The EC in a statement denied these claims and asserted that it has not received any such request from the NPP to transfer any person's vote.

According to the EC, Article 94 of the 1992 Constitution states that a person does not need to be a registered voter in a specific constituency to be eligible to contest an election there. Simply being a Ghanaian, 21 years or older, of sound mind, and a registered voter is sufficient.

It said if a person wishes to contest in a constituency where they do not hail from, they must be ordinarily resident there or have resided there for at least five years out of the previous ten years.


Sammy Gyamfi of the NDC alleged that a member of the NPP, Charles Opoku is not a registered voter in the Assin North Constituency, thus this illegal move is to aid the said candidate, to contest in the NPP Parliamentary primaries to select a candidate for the upcoming Assin North by-election.

He said the NDC's unimpeachable sources revealed that contrary to the clear requirement on the nomination form for the Assin North by-election, which demands that a candidate in the election must be a registered voter in Assin North, the said Charles Opoku is not a registered voter in the constituency.

He indicated that in Regulation 22 of the Public Elections Regulations 2020 (C.I 127), voter transfer can only be effected for an ordinary citizen not less than 42 days before a public election.


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