The Electoral Commission has written to political parties to inform them of the impending voter registration scheduled to begin on June 30, 2020.
A letter sighted by Peacefmonline and signed by the Deputy Chairman, Corporate Services, Dr. Bossman E. Asare to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) said “This letter comes to inform you that the 2020 Voters Registration Exercise has been scheduled to commence on Tuesday, the 30th of June, 2020. The registration will be held at all Registration Centres and District Offices of the Electoral Commission throughout the country.”
C.I. 126 Passed
Parliament, on Tuesday, by a majority decision of 106 votes, approved the report of the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation on the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (C. I 126) to allow the Instrument to come into force after 21 sitting days of Parliament which will mature on Wednesday 10th June 2020, following the laying of the C.I 126 before Parliament on 31st March 2020.
Ninety-two (92) members voted against the adoption of the committee’s report.
It gives legal backing to the plans by the EC to compile a new registration of voters.
The C.I 126 seeks to amend the Public Elections ( Registration of Voters ) Regulations 2016 in conformity with the decision of the Supreme Court on the subject matter by compiling a new voters register, according to the report of the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation.
By C.I 126, the Electoral Commission is excluding or prohibiting the use of a driver’s license or the existing voter identification card as evidence of identity in the registration of a voter as contained in the existing Constitutional Instrument ( C.I 91 ) and allow the use of Ghana Can be issued by the NIA and passport for registration as a voter.
Pilot voter registration exercise
The Electoral Commission on Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 successfully concluded its Pilot Voters’ Registration Exercise in all regions across the country.
With the exception of the Western Region where there was a technical hitch, registration in all the 15 regions went on successfully.
Interestingly, Western Region recorded the second highest number of registrants on Tuesday, the second day of the exercise recording some 73 applicants.
Ahafo emerged the highest on day one with 83 applicants registered at the close of day.
The Commission aims to have each machine register 100 persons per day during the actual registration exercise.
The exercise which is being held in all 16 regional capitals in the country is to identify problems associated with the new system for the technical team to address them.
In a statement, the EC said: “all issues identified will be forwarded to the Commission at the national level for the necessary rectifications to be made before the commencement of the exercise at the end of this month.”