We’re only asking for a Ghana card for ongoing registration, not new register – EC

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The Electoral Commission denies that it is creating a new voter registry as the Minority in Parliament has stated.

A lot of Ghanaians who haven’t enrolled or obtained their Ghana cards yet will be disenfranchised by this about $80 million needless spending, according to the Minority, who also expressed concern about the expense.

The Electoral Commission’s Director of Electoral Services, Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, stated in a media interview that the EC is just requesting the Ghana card for a “continuous registration” activity and not to create a new register.

“We already compiled a register in 2020, we only want to roll out continuous registration. It is only for those who are going for the continuous registration that we are demanding for the Ghana card.”

Dr. Serebour further dispelled assertions that the process would be a wasteful venture.

“Of course, we will have to print cards, among others, unless we are saying we will no longer update our voter register. As far as the aforementioned things will be done, we need to incur some costs. But this will not be as expensive as compiling a new voters register.”

“This won’t be as expensive as the mass registration that requires getting other hands on deck,” he added.

The Electoral Commission is collaborating with Parliament to change “the Constitutional Instrument to enable for the continuing registration with the Ghana card,” he added.
He claims that the new constitutional amendment just aims to change the country’s existing election regulations so that it can continue to register new voters and those who were unable to do so before the 2020 general elections.
The Minority in Parliament is calling for Electoral Commission representatives to brief Parliament next week in order to provide additional information about the procedure for creating “a new voters’ register” that uses the Ghana Card as identity.
 Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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