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Election 2024: EC Want To Deliberately Disenfranchise Some Eligible Voters – Kwesi Pratt

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Senior Journalist Kwesi Pratt Jnr has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of intentionally working to disenfranchise eligible Ghanaians from exercising the constitutional right to vote in the forthcoming elections.

He says the EC’s insistence on using the GhanaCard as the only primary document for identification for its planned voter's registration exercise does not make sense due to the challenges confronting the National Identification (NIA), the body mandated to issue the cards to citizens.

Speaking on the Wednesday edition of Metro TV's Good Morning Ghana show, Mr Pratt Jnr says EC’s resolve to proceed with its plan despite the NIA's inability to issue and print cards for Ghanaians can only mean that it wants to prevent a section of voters from taking part in the 2024 elections.

"How can we understand what is happening? Here is the National Identification Authority telling us that given their capacity, the prevailing conditions and so on, they are unable to ensure that every qualified Ghanaian has the card within a certain time frame

"And then you have institutions like the Electoral Commission and the National Communications Authority and so on saying that no, you must have a Ghana Card. How do you explain this?

“The NIA itself says no, we can't do it. This can only come down to a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise people, to reduce people's access to SIM cards and so on. That is all it can come to. No other explanation exist", he stated.

The EC has sent a Constitutional Instrument (CI) to Parliament for consideration. In the CI, the EC is seeking to make the GhanaCard only identification document for the next general elections.

It also seeks to cancel the guarantor system which has been used in previous voter registration exercises.

EC claims that it is seeking to remove the guarantor system because it has a lot of issues which affect the quality in the electoral register.

But the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have vowed to kick against any attempt to disenfranchise voters in the coming election.

National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo at a recently held press conference asked the EC to cease with its plans to conduct voter registration exercise until extensive consultation and amicable understanding has been reached with stakeholders. 

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