Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), has justified her outfit’s attempt to make the Ghana Card the sole identification document for voter registration ahead of the 2024 polls.
Briefing Parliament on the proposed constitutional instrument for the next general elections, Madam Jean Mensa said the C.I. seeks to promote continuous registration of voters and will allow for an all-year-round registration of eligible voters at its district offices.
“Under the limited voters’ registration process, registration was conducted at limited periods and was not done all year round. This made it such that, persons who turned 18 after the registration period could not do so after the time set for the limited registration, which usually within 2–3 weeks.”
“Under the new C.I., anyone who turns 18 can simply walk into any of our district offices and register to vote. This is a departure from the previous one. The main advantage of this is that potential voters can register anytime any day. Eligible persons will be at liberty to do it at their leisure because it will be an all-year-round activity.”
She also said this will reduce the usual pressure at registration centres, “thereby reducing the likelihood of conflicts whatsoever.”
“It will prevent minors and foreigners from voting and will take away the guarantor system,” she added.
She emphasized that the Ghana cards will not be used to vote in the 2024 general election but it is only a requirement to register as a voter hence once you present your Ghana card and pass through all the voters registration processes, you would be issue a voters ID card which bears your regional code and other details of your polling station.
She revealed that the electoral commission will regularly update the citizenry and the political parties about the number of registrants at each district office.
Finally, she urged the Members of Parliament to support the decision of the EC to use Ghana Card as the main source of voter identification for those who will register as voters.
By Kwaku Mensah Abrampa