NDC to sue EC over limited voter registration

The decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct the limited voter registration exclusively at its district offices has been met with opposition from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the main opposition party.

The NDC has expressed its intention to explore legal avenues to challenge the Commission’s decision if necessary, as indicated by Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, the Director of Legal Affairs for the party.

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The EC has announced a limited voter registration period for individuals who turned 18 after the 2020 registration and other eligible voters from September 12, 2023, to October 2, 2023.

However, the NDC contends that the approach of the exercise will hinder many new eligible voters from registering and subsequently disenfranchise them in the 2024 elections.

“The EC is applying the same law to only limit the registration to the district offices. We will explore all the available legal channels to ensure that we will get an outcome that will allow the elections to be more decentralized. We want to ensure that all our MPs are duly protected within the confines of our law, and we will definitely do that,” Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe noted.

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Seven political parties are also opposing the EC’s decision to hold the limited registration solely at its district offices. These parties argue that this approach could disenfranchise many eligible voters and have called for the process to take place at various electoral areas.

They have pledged to prevent the exercise from occurring unless every eligible voter has the opportunity to register.

Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Commission, has stated that the registration will be carried out at all 268 district offices across the country.

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