The National Democratic Congress (NDC) held a press conference at its headquarters in Accra on the voter’s registration Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) proposal by the Electoral Commission.
STATEMENT DELIVERED BY HON. SAMUEL OFOSU AMPOFO, CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) AT A PRESS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION’S PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL INSTRUMENT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION AND MATTERS ARISING AT THE NDC HEADQUARTERS ON TUESDAY 20 TH Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen of the press. SEPTEMBER, 2022. Let me begin by thanking you once again for your prompt presence and willingness to avail yo ur platforms for us to engage the Ghanaian people on a number of very important matters that threaten the sustenance of our democracy and our very peace as a nation. Ladies and Gentlemen, We invited you today to dr aw the attention of Ghanaians to how the Electoral Commission is seeking to undermine our democracy through the proposed Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Instrument. Upon a careful study of the draft regulations, we have discovered that Regulation 1(3) states that “A person who applies f voter shall provide as evidence of identification the or registration as a National Identity Card issued by National Identification Authority .” There are two implications of the above regulation. The first is that this regulation is clear on the face of it that the Ghana Card shall be the only proof of identification for purposes of voter registration. In other words, what this regulation seeks to do is to radically change the current regime for proving a person’s identity for voter registration purposes. Under the current regulations i.e. C.I. 126, a person who qualifies to register as a voter may prove his or her identity by either presenting a valid Ghana passport, a national identity card (not national identity card issued by the National Identificati on Authority as proposed in this C.I.), or a voter registration identification form signed by two registered voters within the community. 1 NATIONAL SECRETARAIT P.O BOX AN 5825 ACCRANORTH, GHANA
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