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Be Informed: Electoral Commission Faces Internal Opposition

Information gathered reveals that a serious confusion occurred at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Accra with junior staff of the commission seeking for cancellation of the compilation of the new voters register.

This was reported Friday, 5th June by the Daily Post newspaper that ''confusion breaks out at headquarters of EC''.

The Electoral Commission has undergone a lot criticisms since its decision to conduct the new voters register before election 2020. The commission, led by Mrs. Jean Mensah have argued their decisions and have made their way through to a recent ended pilot registration stage of which the EC claims was successful. However, the EC yesterday faced an unexpected internal opposition by it own junior staffs to cancel the registration exercise as opposed by some stakeholders.

The argument by the junior staffs who are the main frontline staffs for the registration exercise is that continuation of the new voters registration will pose a major threat to the health of citizens looking at the current COVID-19 Pandemic and thus advocate for a limited voters registration instead. They also stated that if leadership proves adamant, then the senior staff should be deployed to face all risks associated with the exercise. They also made the assertion that if it because of some financial rewards that the senior staffs will reap from the continuation of the exercise, then they can take over from them (the junior staffs) and be at the frontline of the whole registration exercise.

Although, some institutions, individuals and most political parties are against the decision by the EC to compile a new voters register for a number of reasons. Majority of these reasons were directed towards the health risk factors of exposing citizens to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In other stories, the Supreme Court has ordered the EC to provide the legal basis why it decided to refuse to accept the existing voters identification card as a form of identification in the upcoming mass voters registration exercise. This resulted when the NDC invoked the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution with a case that it was unconstitutional for EC to reject an existing voters ID as a prerequisite for the upcoming voter registration exercise. The question we ask is "is there any legal basis? or can the Electoral Commission provide the requirement by the Supreme Court?

Moreover, Parliament has also halted the approval of the Electoral Commission Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 126) laid before it to exclude the old voters identity card from the list of registration documents to be used in the compilation of the new voters register. This happened after the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ahmed accused a ranking member of the Parliament's Subsidiary Legislation Committee of having edited the reports.

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