The Constitutional Instrument (CI) for the 2024 general elections has been notified that the Minority in Parliament will not permit it to be presented to Parliament next month.
The EC is anticipated to present the CI to Parliament to support its choice to make the Ghana Card the primary registration document.
The National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Sagnerigu Constituency in the Northern Region, A. B. A. Fuseini, has protested this.
According to him, the CI won’t be used if the EC insists on moving forward with its decision to make the Ghana Card the primary document in the upcoming registration process.
“The EC’s CI will be blocked if it fails to review the CI for the 2024 general elections,” he warns.
He gave the EC the go-ahead to revisit the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament’s earlier decision to make the Ghana Card the primary document for signing up to vote.
The NDC Minority, according to him, will not permit the EC to put the CI on the floor of Parliament when the house reconvenes for sittings next month until the CI has been examined.
On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the MP—who serves as the Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications—reported the Minority’s choice in an interview with Korku Lumor for the 505 news analysis program on Accra-based Class 91.3 FM.
What was wrong with the guarantor system, which had served the EC well for the previous thirty years of the nation’s democracy? he questioned.
Millions of Ghanaians do not now own Ghana Cards, for reasons given by the National Identification Authority (NIA), claims Mr. Fuseini.
“Aren’t there minors and foreigners with Ghana Cards in the country if the EC wants to make the Ghana Card the primary document for registration because it wants to get rid of minors and foreigners?
Why does the EC claim that it wants to stop minors from signing up to vote on the voter list?”
The politician claimed that the EC is just insensitive to advice, adding that any attempt to deny even one Ghanaian their right to vote would not be tolerated.
He warned the EC to withdraw its offensive CI decision or risk having the CI blocked.