EC sets June 17 for limited voters’ registration

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The Limited Voters’ Registration is expected to take off on Monday, June 17, 2019.

This follows the dismissal of an injunction application which sought to restrain the Commission from undertaking the exercise.

The exercise is expected to end on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

“The Electoral Commission announces for the information of the general public that the Limited Voters Registration Exercise will now take place from Monday, 17th June 2019 to Sunday, 7th July 2019,” a statement signed by the Chairperson for the EC, Jean Mensah said.

The limited voters’ registration was initially scheduled to begin on June 7 and end on June 27 but was stalled by the suit.

Application against Limited Voters’ registration

A Ghanaian citizen Umar Ayuba, the filed application at the Supreme Court seeking to stop the EC from going ahead with the limited voter registration following a substantive suit he filed challenging the decision by the EC to hold the registration in its district offices and some selected electoral areas.

According to the plaintiff, the directive by the EC is without legal basis and hence unconstitutional.

In reaction to the injunction application deputy attorney Godfred Dame representing the attorney general’s office which was sued as part of the defendants alongside the Electoral Commission described the application as incompetent substantially and procedurally.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was already resisting attempts by the EC to conduct the exercise at the district officers.

According to the NDC, the move was not part of the issues upheld during an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held in March.

The General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the NDC “differed very strongly” on the matter and is “opposed to any system of registration that will be limited to the district offices of the EC.”

The party insists that the EC must decentralize the exercise up to the electoral area levels instead of the 260 districts offices and few other selected locations.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com

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