Proposed C.I is to ensure increased verifiability of voters in 2024 elections – Ahiagbah

The Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr Richard Ahiagbah has said that the proposed Constitutional Insurtement (CI) that is seeking to make the Ghana Card the sole identification document for voter registration ahead of the 2024 general elections will help boost public confidence in the work of the Electoral Commission (EC) if passed by Parliament.

He also said that the C.I will scale up the verifiability of voters in the 2024 elections.

“The EC did nothing wrong in 2020, Asiedu Nketiah confirmed it in open Court. What the EC is doing with the C.I is to boost public confidence in its work and ensure increased verifiability of voters in the 2024 elections. The issuance of NIA cards can be resolved,” he tweeted.

The Minority have been raising issues against the proposed CI.

On Thursday, February 23, they rejected officials from the EC and the National Identification (NIA) who were in Parliament to brief the House on the proposed  CI.

They were expecting Madam Jean Mensa herself to appear.

The Member of Parliament or Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu said that the Minority are opposed to any move by the EC to use the Ghana Card as the sole identification document for voter registration.

He says any such move by the EC will hurt the right to vote and be voted for.

Speaking on the Big Issue via telephone on TV3 Monday, February 27, the former Minority Leader indicated that there are 3.5million people who are without Ghana Card.

He questioned whether the EC is going to deny all these 3.5 million people from exercising their right to vote because they do not have a Ghana Card.

“There is the right to vote and be voted for, the NDC will defend that right,” he said.

“We are contesting the use of Ghana Crad as the sole reference for purposes of getting registered as a voter,” he said.

He stressed “the right to vote and be voted for is sacred. 3.5 million people don’t have the card, can you tell these 3.5 million persons not to vote?”

The EC explained the circumstances that led to the inability of the chairperson to appear in Parliament herself.

A statement issued by the Commission on Monday, February 27 said “The EC received a letter from Parliament on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 inviting the Commission to brief the leadership of the House on the draft CI on the registration of voters on Thursday 23 February 2024.

“At the time the chairperson had traveled to Nigeria at the invitation of ECOWAS/ECONEC for a peer exchange and election observation mission. That notwithstanding Dr Bossman Asare Deputy Chair for Corporate Service attended the meeting together with other directors of the commission.

“Surprisingly, the meeting was canceled as the Minority side insisted on the presence of the EC Chairperson at the meeting. We wish to state that contrary to the news item that the EC chair has returned to Ghana, the chairperson is still in Nigeria. She has not returned to Ghana.”

The EC added “The Commission, especially its chairperson understands the importance of the institution of Parliament having worked with Parliament for two decades prior to her appointment as Chairperson of the EC.

“The Chairperson upholds the institution of Parliament and will therefore not disrespect it in any way.

“The fact remains that the invitation from Parliament was sent a day before the meeting at a time the chairperson was out of the jurisdiction. Had she been aware of the request prior to her travel she certainly would have prioritized the meeting and attended upon the Honourable House.”

Source: By Laud Nartey

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