A former presidential aspirant has reiterated that the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), as a matter of urgency, make the voter registration a continues process to allow citizens to register as and when they attain eighteen years.
Mr. Joseph Teye Ossom was speaking in an interview on Trust FM’s Agoo Morning Show on Tuesday in relation to the EC’s decision to put a hold on the Lower Manya Krobo Assembly elections.
He warned that if care is not taken, anybody can take the EC to court to place an injunction on the general election come 2024; noting that citizens who did not get the chance to register in the genral registration can easily raise questions as to why they can not vote thus going to court.
Mr. Ossom suggested that the EC should create a system where every citizen of Ghana who qualifies to vote will be able to register anytime they attain 18 years without going through the stress of waiting for the next registration period, adding that, many will be disenfrachised if this is not seriously looked at.
This call came as a result of a pending court case in which two teenagers, Michael Tetteh and Angel Agyeman, both aged 19, filed a court case against the EC asking for an injunction on the Lower Manya Krobo Assembly elections that they (teenagers) will be disenfrichised should the EC go ahead with the elections.
Meanwhile the Electoral Commission of Ghana has finally released a statement stating the reason for suspending the District Assembly Elections in Lower Manya Krobo.
In a statement released on Monday, 16 January, 2023, the Commission said “this has become necessary due to an application for injunction filed against the Electoral Commission at the High Court in Koforidua.”
This portal, trustfmonline.com reported on Thursday, 13 January 2023 that the election could be put on hold following an application for injunction filed by Michael Tetteh and Angel Agyemang.
The applicants are accusing the EC of violating their right to vote and be voted for as enshrined in article 33 of the 1992 Constitution.