No guarantor system will disenfranchise many – PPP warns EC

Chair of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa

The opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is urging the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) to reconsider its decision to abolish the guarantor system for the Ghana Card, instead, for registration of new voters.

The party says the move by the EC, if implemented, could disenfranchise many Ghanaians.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, September 14, the PPP kicked against the usage of the national identity card as the only source document for the continuous voter registration.

“We need to be mindful that the system allowing for the effective, efficient and robust national database is not complete and non-existent as we speak,” the statement issued by the Director of Communications, Kofi Mantey, said.

“Furthermore, not every Ghanaian has successfully acquired a National Identification Card from the institution mandated to do so.”

It, therefore, observed that excluding the guarantors and accepting only the Ghana Card for registration will disenfranchise a section of Ghanaians in the upcoming district level and unit committee elections in 2023 and the general polls in 2024.

“We therefore urge the EC to reconsider its decision of abolishing the guarantor system and ensure that it is included together with any other means of identification in the new CI so that every Ghanaian can be registered for the elections without any hindrance.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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