Member of Parliament for Tamale Central Constituency Alhaji Inusah Fuseini says the only reason why the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) is bent on compiling a new register is to rig the December 7 elections for incumbent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He said it just defies “common sense” for the existing voters’ roll to be discarded when it will be the very one to be fallen back on in case there is a by-election, for instance.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP, therefore, reiterated his party’s stance to resist the compilation of the exercise even with “our blood”.
The former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources expressed these sentiments on The Key Points on TV3/3FM on Saturday, May 30.
The EC has scheduled late June to late July to compile a new register for voting on December 7, 2020.
Its decision to use only the Ghana Cards and national passport as the basic documents required for registration has ruffled feathers among some opposition political parties, notably the NDC.
For Mr Fuseini, it is a fundamental right for every citizen to be allowed the opportunity to register to vote.
“You don’t put in place systems that will seek to disenfranchise people and when I see lawyers arguing the way some lawyers are arguing, then I have great fear.”
The Tamale Central MP said it is just “absurd” that the EC has put in its constitutional instrument (CI) before Parliament a process that has not completed.
In effect, he insinuates that the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not completed its process but the EC has managed to make provision for it.
“What about if they fail to complete? What happens?” he quizzed.
He accused the Commission of donning the colours of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), conceding that anybody has “to think twice” about this.
“You have to think twice before you enter into a game where the Commissioner has a red card, wearing the jersey [of one of the teams].”
He noted that the NDC will definitely advise itself when it comes to it.
“I have been told that we are so spiritually attached to the register and indeed we are because that is the basis of entering and competing in elections,” he told sit-in host Stephen Anti.
“But we will resist the compilation with our blood.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana