Stop bussing minors to register – EC to Political Parties

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Dr. Bossman Asare, the Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) overseeing Corporate Services, has counseled political parties not to transport children or foreigners during the current limited registration exercise.

He said that certain party leaders helped foreigners and children register for the current exercise, and the commission has noted this.

He declared during a May 13 news conference that this was against the law and that party agents should stop doing such things.

“We wish to use this opportunity to urge parents, especially, to dissuade their children who are less than 18 years from registering as voters.

“Similarly, we beseech the national leadership of the political parties to discourage their executives in the region and the constituency from transporting minors and foreigners to registration centres,” he said.

His remarks come in the wake of news that two people were detained by Western Region police for reportedly registering five juveniles for the exercise.

According to Dr. Asare, the commission’s goal is to establish a reliable registration for the 2024 elections. He continued by saying that since political parties are the main actors in elections, they need to make sure the register is free of any names that may be perceived as having questionable legitimacy.

As a deterrence to others in the nation, he urged the police to apply the law to those who have been arrested.

The head of electoral services also issued a warning to children not to participate in the registration process, stressing that doing so is illegal and may be prosecuted as a crime.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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