The Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensa has in a spirited defence justified her outfit’s motive for the compilation of a new voter’s register ahead of the 2020 general elections.
According to her, this is to ensure that only eligible citizens have the right to determine who become their national leaders.
The decision to compile a new register less than 6 months to a major election has been described by many as a ploy to disenfranchise eligible voters and rig the election for the Akufo-Addo led administration.
The exercise which begins tomorrow, June 30, 2020, has survived a series of legal suits seeking to prevent the EC from going ahead with its decision of making the Ghana Card and the Ghanaian passport, the only acceptable documents indicating proof of citizenship.
Addressing the media in preparation for the registration exercise, Madam Jean Mensa indicated that the EC does not seek to disenfranchise any citizen but rather, to ensure that no qualified Ghanaian is denied the opportunity to register and vote during the December polls.
“The registration of voters is a critical process in our electoral cycle. The voter’s register is the bedrock on which credible elections rest. It is the foundation upon which the sovereign rights of a people to choose their national leaders is hinged. Therefore in carrying out the voter registration exercise, we as a Commission are mindful of the significance of the task we are undertaking.”
“We would like to assure all of you that as a Commission, our rationale for compiling a new register is not to disenfranchise any eligible voter. On the contrary, it is to ensure that all our citizens who qualify are afforded the opportunity to register and cast their votes. The Commission is of the view that only eligible citizens should have the right to determine who governs and leads our dear nation and we are determined to ensure that no one is left behind. We deem it necessary to assure you that our decisions and actions are taken without fear or favour and without recourse to any individual or group of persons. We have a duty to our citizens to ensure that only the will of the people stands. I urge all Ghanaians to move forward with the Commission in implementing the ruling of the court…” she noted.