The Electoral Commission has indicated that voters whose guarantors are later found to be ineligible will still remain valid.
According to the electoral management body, it cannot expunge the names of such voters from the electoral roll, neither can it take any action against them as the Constitutional Instrument within which it operates does not prescribe any sanctions in the circumstance.
However, the Commission’s Deputy Chairperson, Dr Bossman Asare, explained to ABC News in an interview that individual citizens reserve every right to contest the eligibility of such registered voters through legal actions.
But for the ‘illegal’ guarantors, he was clear and emphatic that the Commission would deal with them when found.
“At the time they were guaranteeing for them, they were valid voters. So nothing will happen to them. They remain valid. For the guarantor, we the EC will punish that person [but] for those he guaranteed for, people can take legal action against them.
“We don’t have anything in our books showing that those people, something can happen to them so you can take it up as far as the law is concerned,” Dr Asare told ABC News.
He stressed that, until people take the matter up and initiate legal processes against them (the voter), the commission has no authority whatsoever to disenfranchise them in any way or form.
“But that one is not in our law now. We are not doing anything about it [because] it is not captured in the law. We work with the law, so there is nothing we can do. So you can take it up. If you take it up it will be part of the law,” he added.
The compilation of the new voters register begins on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Requirements for registration have been limited to the Ghanaian passport and the Ghana Card. Persons who do not have any of these two documents are entitled to a guarantor who can vouch for a maximum of 10 persons.