Ghana’s democratic maturity since 1992 when she was ushered into a fourth republican state, has not relented in entrenching the democratic process and has been put to test once again with the much anticipated yet controversial and legally tussling Electoral Commission compilation of a new voters register schedule to take place today Tuesday 30th June 2020 across parts of the country.
However, the exercise has been faced by an array of challenges including noncompliance to safety COVID-19 protocols by eligible voters, technical hitches such as running out of batteries fast among others.
Article 45 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana mandates Electoral Commission to compile the register of voters and revise it at such periods as may be determined by law.
The Electoral Commission in the past few months has been battling with the opposition National Democratic Congress in the Supreme court over the compilation of the new voter’s register and inclusion of voters registration ID card in the compilation exercise since it’s exclusion may disenfranchise many Ghanaians in the upcoming general election in December According to NDC.
The position of the EC to compile the new voter’s ID is pursuant to article 45 of the 1992 constitution which mandates the EC to compile and revise new voters register.
However, the opposition NDC argues that the compilation of the new voter’s register was needless but supported the view that, the existing voter’s registration ID card should be included the compilation exercise as a prove identity which they believe failure to do so may disenfranchise many Ghanaians in the upcoming general election in December 2020.
The Supreme Court by unanimous decision ruled in favor of the EC to go ahead and compile the new voters register as stipulated in article 45 and exclude the existing voter’s ID card contrary to the NDC position, subject to C.I 126.
Credible information reaching Talksafrica.com’s Political desk reveals that the exercise so far has been smooth running devoid of skirmishes and misunderstandings across parts of the Country.
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By Iddrisu Muftaw | Political desk | TalkAfrica.com