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Ahead Of Election 2024: Electoral Commission Starts Another Outstanding Debate

Ghana's 1992 constitution established the Electoral Commission as one of the country's governance organizations.

It is the sole official authority in Ghana tasked with overseeing the conduct of all public elections, and its independence is explicitly guaranteed by the country's constitution.

Citizens of Ghana can use the Voter ID, an official instrument of identification issued by the Electoral Commission of Ghana, to prove their identity and eligibility to vote in national elections.

In order to receive a Voter ID, a Ghanaian adult must be at least 18 years old.

Citizens of Ghana can vote in all public elections only with the Voters Identification Card, which has been in use since the country's first elections.

The Electoral Commission prepared a new voter's record ahead of the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, urging all eligible Ghanaians to apply for a new voter ID card.

There were many various reactions from Ghanaians to the new voter registration compilation, with some suspecting that the Nana Addo regime was behind it, with the purpose of influencing the 2020 elections.

The Electoral Commission is announcing a new policy today: 'No Ghana card, no voting.' This is the second big election in less than two years.

Electoral Commission Deputy Chairman Dr. Bossman Asare, in charge of Corporate Services, hinted to this.

To vote in the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections, all prospective Ghanaian voters, according to him, will need to obtain a Ghana card.

With approximately 17 million Ghanaians enrolled, Dr. Bossman stated that those who don't have a Ghana card will not be able to register to vote, and that's because the Ghana card has had a significant impact on the country.

Dr. Bossman told JoyNews' 'The Pulse' program that "Commission, in concert with our partners, took the decision that now let us have the Ghana card as the main need. In other words, as soon as you get your Ghana card with a continuous registration, you can register and have your name added to the voter list at our district office where you currently reside.

"So that; as soon as you turn 18 and then you give it to the registration officer, then instantaneously you are going to be registered to vote," Dr. Bossman encouraged residents aged 15-18 to register for their Ghana cards.

Voters in Ghana are once again "stirred up" by the latest announcement from the country's electoral commission. The big question is: What does the Ghana Card, a voter identification card, have to do with elections in Ghana?

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