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Politics of Saturday, 23 May 2020


What document proves nationality better than birth certificate? - Kwesi Pratt questions EC

Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr

Seasoned Journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jnr., has expressed his profound disappointment in the Electoral Commission (EC) over its decision to use the Ghana card and Ghanaian passport as the only legal documents for the compilation of a new voters' register.

The Electoral Commission has laid before Parliament to amend Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 91 to use only the Ghana card and the passport for the registration exercise, which means NHIS card and driver's licence holders are not eligible to register their names, except they provide the two legitimized documents.

The EC has justified their decision saying their approach will help to eliminate unqualified names and ensure a credible register.

The Commission has also assured Ghanaians of a free and fair election this year.

Kwesi Pratt Jnr is however dissatisfied with the EC's decision, asking why the Commission is not adding the birth certificate to the requirements for the registration.

Mr. Pratt explained on 'Kokrokoo' on Peace FM that the birth certificate is a legitimate requirement for the processing of a passport in Ghana, and so if the EC is ready to accept the passport, then they should equally allow birth certificate holders to participate in the exercise.

''What document proves nationality better than the birth certificate? But here it is that you can't use your birth certificate to do the registration. What is the meaning of that?'' he questioned the EC.