The opposition National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has restated the party’s stance that the Ghana Card is the sole document needed to register to vote.
Despite the Electoral Commission (EC) claiming to have consulted all parties, including the NDC, he denied being aware of such a development.
The chief scribe declared that the NDC will never back such judgments in an exclusive interview on Accra-based Joy News’ PM Express.
He added that millions of Ghanaians may lose their voting rights since they still do not have the Ghana card.
NDC was not consulted over this matter. We were just given a legal draft and asked to designate a representative to the committee that will draft the document. Because not every Ghanaian has a Ghana card, we disagree that the process has been complete. We would have backed it if we had all done so,” he remarked.
We are encouraging the committee to remove it (the EC’s CI) or add another document to it, Mr. Asiedu Nketia emphasized.
In order to control voter registration, the EC had already submitted a draft CI to Parliament under the title Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2021.
If Parliament approves the EC’s measure, the Ghana Card will be the only criterion for qualified voters to register to vote.
According to the EC, the decision to need the Ghana card as the only prerequisite for voter registration was made at a meeting of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), which included representatives from all political parties, including the NDC.