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We are not compiling new register for 2024 but... - Electoral Commission

BY: Kweku Zurek
We are not compiling new register but... - Electoral Commission
Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour Quaicoe

The Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed reports that it will compile a new register for the 2024 Elections.

Maintaining that the register which was compiled for the 2020 Election was still credible, the Commission says it was instead putting in place measures to ensure the continuous registration of persons onto the register.

The Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour Quaicoe said the new registration process would rely on the Ghana card as a base document to register new persons.

“We are not compiling a new voters’ register. The one we compiled in 2020 is a credible one, a very good register so we are not dispensing it. But you and I are aware that people have been saying that, why don’t you roll out continuous registration so that when somebody turns 18, the person goes to our offices and register," Dr Quaicoe said in a television interview with TV3 on Wednesday (July 14, 2022).

“That is exactly what we are doing. What we are seeking to do is that we are coming out with a new Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) which we have had a series of Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings with the political parties.”

 

Reacting to concerns by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that using the Ghana Card as a base document to compile a new register would destabilize the country, Dr Quaicoe said all political parties had been briefed about the process except the NDC which had boycotted Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings since 2015.

“Obviously, the NDC has not been attending IPAC meetings of late, after 2020 they have not been attending but all the political parties have been attending and they can all attest to the fact that we have taken them through the new CI, we have discussed everything thoroughly.

“So, what we are saying is that, if people are going to register any day at our district offices, then they need some credible form of identification and it is possible that once it is going to be continuous the political parties will not be there to be guaranteeing or objecting to.

“So why don’t we emphasize on the Ghana Card so that once you have your Ghana Card, we believe that you might have gone through the screening, so you come to our office with the Ghana card and we will enroll you onto the register. We are talking of continuous registration of people who have not registered, we are not using the data from the National Identification Authority (NIA), no.”

Concerns

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, had alleged that the EC was planning to create a new voter roll for the 2024 general polls. A move he said could destabilize the country.

“Our understanding is that the Electoral Commission is seeking to make the National ID Card the only source of justification to register onto the Voter ID Card as their basis, "Mr Iddrisu told journalists in Parliament on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

"Our concern primarily is that in the past, since 1993, voter registration exercises that have been undertaken you normally have the provision of a guarantor of other persons guaranteeing for persons to get onto the voter register in so far as it is established that they are Ghanaian, of age and of sound mind and to participate in Ghana's electoral process to vote and be voted for".