Bernard Monah and Asiedu Nketia
Chairman of the Inter Bernard Monah, Asiedu Nketia lead others in Ahafo to campaign against New voter’s registerMr Bernard Monah is leading some members in the newly created Ahafo Region to educate people in order to pressure EC’s decision to not to use old voter ID in the new voter registration exercise for the 2020 elections.
Some members who joined Mr. Monah include the Mr. Peter Boamah Otukonor the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Ayanim Boateng also known as Gyataba and the Ahafo Regional Chairman of the NDC Mr. Yaw Okyere.
The group who toured the region this weekend interacted with traditional leaders, religious leaders including both Muslims and Christians, citizens and other stakeholders.
Their aim is to let people of the region and Ghanaians to know the dangers behind the actions of the Electoral Commission as against the controversial compilation of the new voter’s register.
The debate of whether there is the need for the electoral commission to prevent people from using their old voter ID cards as source of evidence to prove their citizenship to get registered has become very necessary for the past months.
Whiles the ruling NPP support the EC’s agenda and actions, the NDC and other political parties like the PNC on the other side think it is an attempt to disenfranchise some group of people.
Mr. Monah and his group also argue that, the Electoral Commission is on the verge to risk the lives of Ghanaians to contract the deadly coronavirus which is still spreading in the country.
Last Sunday, President Nana Addo announced that, Health Minister Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu has been infected by COVID-19.
However, the NDC has filed a case in the Supreme Court to prevent the Electoral Commission from using only the Ghana card and Passport as the only identity source as evidence to prove one’s nationality as Ghanaian to get unto the new voter register.
But Mr. Asiedu Nketia speaking to the people of Ahafo, stressed that, it is their responsibility to speak against EC’s decision to exclude the old voter ID as evidence to prove that one is a Ghanaian.
He noted that, though the EC is an independent body, yet it does not have an absolute power to do whatever it wants adding that, Ghanaians can still position the commission in the right path if they find any breach of the constitution.
“We are not going contrarily to tell the EC to do something else, we are only telling them to do exactly what the constitution has said. Their work according to the constitution is to compile names people who are Ghanaians, who are of sound mind, and 18 years and above. Therefore, all arrangement by EC to compile voter register should only prevent a mad persons, minors or non Ghanaian citizens, apart from these three categories of people, there is no grounds to disqualify someone getting unto the register”, Mr Asiedu Nketia stated.
“You have no right to make new laws to determine who a Ghanaian because the constitution clearly defines who a Ghanaian is and not the Electoral Commission”, he adds.
He also accused the EC Chairperson Madam Jean Mensah for not being a trustworthy individual hence Ghanaians must be very careful in dealing with her at any point in time.
Source: Syxtus Eshun