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EC Has A Clear Agenda To Rig The 2024 Election – Okudjeto Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa has cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) from taking decisions that threaten the stability of the country.

According to the MP, actions of EC gives one the impression that they  simply rig elections to favor the ruling New Patriotic Party. 

The Electoral Commission, sometime last month, put before Parliament a Constitutional Instrument (CI) titled “Public Election (Registration of Voters) Regulation 2021.

Per the documents, which are expected to regulate continuous voter registration, the EC is seeking to make the Ghana Card the primary documents for identification for the forthcoming general elections in Ghana.

Reacting to this on Metro TV’s “Good Morning Ghana” show last Friday, the North Tongu MP, says it appears “there’s a clear agenda to rig the elections, but the EC must be told in clear terms that they’re playing with fire”.

The EC had earlier explained that the decision to use the Ghana Card for the next election was taken at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting which was attended by reps of all the Political Parties in the country, including the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

But Mr Ablakwa, who is in Parliament on the ticket of the NDC, says his Party was not present at the said IPAC as they were not invited.

Earlier this week, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia hinted that the Ghana Card could replace the Voter ID card in the 2024 general elections in Ghana. 

A Deputy Director of the EC, Dr Bossman Asare confirmed to the media that the commission intends to replace the Voters’ ID with the Ghana Card as the sole identification document for the 2024 election, charging that “No Ghana Card, no vote”.

However a former Chair of the EC, Dr Afari Gyan has, in an interview with the Daily Graphic Online, cautioned the commission against making the Ghana Card the only primary identity document for the elections in 2024,

Dr Afari-Gyan is of the view that such a decision will disenfranchise millions of qualified electorates.

“Ghanaian citizens don’t lose their citizenship if they are 18 years or older but do not have the Ghana Card. So, the moot question is; why make the Ghana Card the only means of identification for purposes of establishing eligibility to register to vote,” Dr Afari-Gyan asked.

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