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Politics of Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Source: Peace FM

New Voters Registration: Behave like normal human beings or get beaten – Obiri Boahene insists

Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahene, has insisted that persons planning to disrupt the compilation of the new voters register by the Electoral Commission (EC) will indeed receive the beating of their lives.

He explained that some (including himself) cannot look on unconcern for others to mar the exercise which will cost the nation huge sums of monies.

“Let’s behave like normal human beings and not angels. This is common sense and common knowledge. Why would someone want to disrupt a national exercise? If you behave like an abnormal person, what do you expect?” he quizzed in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie'.

We Won’t Tolerate Nonsense

Last week, the NPP guru courted controversy when he warned of more grievous punishment for persons who attempt to foment trouble during the pending new voters registration exercise.

He was reported to have said that what transpired during the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election will pale in comparison to the violence that will be unleashed on such vigilante characters.

“Stay home if you don’t agree to the compilation of the new register because anyone who tries to disrupt the exercise will be beaten. We will beat you mercilessly. What happened in Ayawaso is just a tip of the iceberg," he warned.

While some have slammed him for his comments, the NPP Deputy General appears unmoved and reiterated same remarks on Monday.

He told host Kwesi Aboagye that “people must stop being stupid. We will not tolerate such nonsense anymore.”

New Voters Register

With about 6 months to the December 7, the Electoral Commission (EC) has served notice it will still go ahead with the compilation of the new voters' register despite protests from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some political parties.

Nana Obiri Boahen explained that as soon as the new Constitutional Instrument (CI) by the Electoral Commission comes into force, the current voters' register becomes invalid hence new register must be compiled to conduct the December 7, 2020, general election.

"Regulation 32 of the CI 91 saved the life of voters register because when CI,72 was repealed by CI91 regulation 33(D) succinctly explained that if there is no new register the old register is used. But The CI that is about to come into existence will not save the life of the current registry. As soon as the new CI matures the current register becomes if you don’t compile a new register you can't use the old one," he stated.

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