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Politics of Saturday, 28 March 2020

Source: Starr FM

EC withdraws Constitutional Instrument for new register over defects

The Electoral Commission (EC) has been compelled to withdraw a Constitutional Instrument (CI) it laid in parliament two weeks ago.

The CI which was was expected to give legal backing to the commission to compile a new register had defects which were highlighted at a meeting between the EC and the subsidiary legislation Committee on Thursday.

Consequently, the commission was made to withdraw the CI to lay a new one.

This means the Instrument will not mature before parliament rises next week Friday.

Speaking to Starr News MP for South Dayi and a member of the committee Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor disclosed the concerns regarding the exclusion of the existing voters’ ID card and birth certificate as a primary document for identification were raised for the EC to address.

The plan to compile a new register ahead of the general elections in December has over time sparked up a lot of controversies, with many parties and groups disagreeing to the move.

Eighteen Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have also rejected the Electoral Commission’s proposal to compile a new electoral roll ahead of the 2020 elections.

The CSOs are Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), IMANI Africa, SEND Ghana, Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), Financial Accountability and Transparency – Africa (FAT-Africa), Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Youth Bridge Foundation, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Citizens Movement against Corruption (CMaC) and Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC).

These groups have cited the reason for their rejection as among other things, a waste of the taxpayers’ money.

They rather want the EC to update the current software rather than procuring a new one.

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