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General News of Thursday, 21 May 2020


Amending C.I 91 will deprive many Ghanaians of voting rights - Kabilla tells parliament

Acting General Secretary of CPP, James Kwabena Bomfeh play videoActing General Secretary of CPP, James Kwabena Bomfeh

Acting General Secretary of CPP, James Kwabena Bomfeh has called on legislators in the country not to amend the Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) 91 to make the Ghana card and Ghanaian passport the only legal identification documents for registration in the event of compiling a new biometric voters' register.

Speaking on Wednesday's 'Kokrokoo' on Peace FM, James Kwabena Bomfeh, popularly called Kabila dissented to passing the Constitutional Instrument into law, because it will prevent some electorates in the country from participating in the registration exercise, hence depriving them of their voting rights during the general elections this year.

Kabila, who also doubles as the Director of Elections for the CPP, advised the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) not to mix up their duties, stating that the NIA's work is not for electoral purposes.

"They are different. They are not the same. Their mandate is different. We shouldn't think the job of EC must be dependent on what NIA does because the mandate of the NIA to compile a national database, it is not necessarily for just Electoral Commission purposes or election purposes and also the NIA is not done with its work . . . EC's work is different. Stop tying your mandate and your work to that of the NIA," he said.