General News of Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Afari Gyan erred on EC stance on minor voting- Tony Aidoo

The head of policy Monitoring and Evaluation at the presidency has added his voice to the calls for integrity in the biometric voters register before the December 7 elections.

Dr Tony Aidoo said the recent comments by the Chairman of the Electoral commission on the status of minors in the biometric register are worrying.

Dr Afari Gyan said the EC cannot take any remedial step to expunge the names of minors in the newly created biometric register.

He said the only way the minors can be prevented from voting is to be persuaded from doing so.

But Dr Tony Aidoo disagrees. Speaking on Decision 2012a new pre-election programme hosted by Paul Adom Otchere on Joy FM, the NDC firebrand said the EC chair erred when he said minors could only be persuaded from voting.

He said: “There are constitutional criteria for Ghanaians to be entitled to vote. To be entitled to vote, you must be 18 and above and of sane minds…but you must be registered. The Electoral Commissioner has a responsibility to register only those who are qualified to be registered."

“In this regard having detected that minors have registered and being convinced by the photographic evidence that they are minors, I think Dr Afari Gyan should have taken steps to get to these minors, either bring them to the Commission or take the unilateral action by expunging their names," Dr Aidoo said.

Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby who was also on the show also criticized the EC for flouting the law that says copies of the biometric register shall be made available to the political parties.

According to him, with almost a week to go for the elections, the EC is yet to provide the biometric register of four regions to the political parties.

This he noted is unacceptable, adding, he nearly took the matter to court.