Ahead of the next voter registration exercise, the Electoral Commission (EC) has urged that the Ghana Card be adopted as the only form of proof of citizenship.
Bossman Asare and Electoral Commissioner Jean Mensah The election management board said it had already achieved an agreement with political parties and was waiting for Parliament to alter the registration legislation to give the move legal legitimacy.
Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, the EC’s Director of Electoral Services, warned that Ghanaians who do not have the Ghana card will be unable to register to vote since the legislation will not enable the use of a passport if Parliament alters it.
He said “We are going to amend the law to incorporate that. What it means is that going forward, for anybody who turns 18 and wants to register, you have to come with evidence of the Ghana card to show that you are a Ghanaian and 18 years then we will register the person. You can’t use your passport or guarantors when the law is amended.”
The EC also held an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting to discuss the document further but the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was, however, not present.
Article 51 of the 1992 Constitution grants the EC the power to, by constitutional instrument, make regulations for the effective performance of its functions, and in particular, for the registration of voters, the conduct of public elections, and referenda.
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