Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on the chiefs and elders of Fiaga and Tongor in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region to enjoin all eligible citizens to register when the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) begins this year’s registration.
“Whichever registration exercise it is, I will plead with Torgbe to beat the gong-gong and ask all our people to come out and register so that in December they can exercise their vote.”
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader made this appeal on Monday, June 22 when he paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and elders of Fiaga and Tongor.
The NDC had initially contested the decision by the Commission to compile a new voter register, insisting that the existing register is “more credible” for any elections in Ghana.
Even if a new one is to be compiled, the NDC argues, existing voter ID cards must be accepted as one of the basic required documents.
But the EC has not budged to these agitations and has scheduled Tuesday, June 30 to start the compilation of a new register, accepting only a Ghanaian passport and a Ghana Card as the basic required documents. Two guarantors can also vouch for the citizenship of eligible registrants.
The Commission will be holding the registration exercise across the nation without recourse to a lawsuit at the Supreme Court filed by the NDC.
Mr Mahama said his party is still reposing confidence in the Court to give verdict on the matter.
“Whatever verdict that the Supreme Court gives we are all law-abiding citizens so we shall respect the verdict of the Court,” he told the chiefs and elders of Tongor.
“But whatever the verdict is, there is going to be a registration exercise either a limited registration exercise, a new registration exercise, or a validation of an an existing register.”
He, therefore, asked all and sundry, especially supporters of the NDC, to massively register in order not to be disenfranchised in the upcoming elections.