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Politics of Thursday, 11 June 2020


New Register Saga: You can even petition NATO for all we care - Kwamena mocks NDC

Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister play videoKwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister

Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan has asked the National Democratic Congress to send their grievances about the Electoral Commission (EC) to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, popularly called NATO.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has vehemently registered their displeasure with the posture of the Electoral Commission on the compilation of a new voters' register.

The party leadership and members have dragged the Commission to the Supreme Court to seek clarifications whether or not the Commission is acting according to their constitutional mandate and also for the court to direct the EC to include the old Voter's ID card.

The NDC is also said to have petitioned the United Nations and ECOWAS about the conduct of the electoral management body as they accuse the Commission of planning to rig the 2020 elections for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the governing New Patriotic Party.

Addressing the issue on Peace FM's Wednesday edition of ''Kokrokoo'', Kwamena Duncan held that the NDC petitioning the UN and ECOWAS will not change anything, particularly when Parliament has approved the EC's Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 126.

Peace FM's Parliamentary correspondent, Emmanuel Akorli, noted that Parliament, by a majority decision, approved the report of the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation on the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (C. I 126) to allow the Instrument to come into force after 21 sitting days of Parliament which matured on Wednesday, 10th June 2020, following the laying of the C.I 126 before Parliament on 31st March 2020.

Ninety-two (92) members voted against the adoption of the committee's report while 106 members of the Majority side of the House voted in support of the C.I.

''It gives legal backing to the plans by the EC to compile a new registration of voters. By C.I 126, the Electoral Commission is excluding or prohibiting the use of a driver's license or the existing voter identification card as evidence of identity in the registration of a voter as contained in the existing Constitutional Instrument ( C.I 91 ) and allow the use of Ghana Card issued by the NIA and passport for registration as a voter''.

In view of this, Kwamena Duncan ridiculed the NDC's petition before the UN and ECOWAS asking ''have they sent some to NATO?''

''They should sent some to NATO...I'm not surprised that they have gone as far as to the United Nations. That's all good but eventually, it is the law. If you go to the United Nations, if you go to the moon...wherever you go, it's all the law. And the United Nations is not only in America, they have their representatives here. All the embassies are following proceedings in the country. Likely, for us, all the representatives that they have written those copious letters to them attend all the meetings, they know what is going on. So, it's not going to the United Nations that will prove anything, it is the law. Abide by the law. You're not above the law'', he emphasized.

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