President AKufo-Addo has issued a word of caution to all persons who have nurtured the intention to abet the registration of unqualified voters in the Electoral Commission’s (EC) registration exercise.
The exercise commences nationwide today, Tuesday June 30, 2020.
The President implies that such an act is now a high-risk venture, as perpetrators will not be pardoned by the law when grabbed.
Over the years, political parties have had cause to cry wolf over bloated electoral rolls mainly due to the registration of minors and foreigners by some political actors to their advantage.
Indeed, the situation forms part of the EC’s reason to discard the old register and compile a fresh one which it deems more credible.
Speaking in a televised address Monday ahead of the commencement of the exercise on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo implored all Ghanaians to come on board to ensure the register comes out clean and fit for purpose.
“So I urge all eligible Ghanaians, I repeat, all eligible citizens; that is, Ghanaians of 18 years of age or above and of sound mind, no matter what party they belong to, if any, to go out and register so that they can exercise their civic responsibility on 7th December to elect a government of their choice in a free, fair, peaceful and transparent election.
“Using your God-given and constitutional rights costs nothing, but staying home can come at a very steep price. The pandemic, notwithstanding, we have to strengthen Ghanaian democracy,” he called.
He warned that “we must all make sure that persons who do not meet the requirements, as set out clearly in the Constitution, do not find their names into the register. If you aid the registration of an ineligible person, and you are caught, you will face the full rigours of the law.”
“The election on 7th December must be a Ghanaian election, not a West African election, conducted with a voter register of Ghanaians. That is the only way the true will of the Ghanaian people can manifest,” the President stressed.