Member of Parliament for Builsa South Constituency, Clement Abas Apaak says the Electoral Commission has departed from it’s duties regarding the limited registration exercise.
The lawmaker believes the electoral body has not adhered to the prescribed procedures with regard to the ongoing voter registration process.
He made the remarks while speaking on Joy News’ Newsfile.
The MP said the law mandates the EC to ensure that eligible citizens who are 18 years and above and of sound mind are able to register at their own convenience.
“They should be able to register in a manner that is not going to dehumanize them and call their dignity in question.”
Dr. Apaak indicated that voter registration issues are infringing on the rights of Ghanaian citizens and called for their resolution.
According several eligible persons in his constituency are havinubg challenges in registering because the EC has limited the registration to it’s district offices.
“The Electoral Commission is being unlawful, honestly because if you look at the law, the C.I. the constitution, the mandate of the EC itself and the right to vote and the fact that one is entitled to be registered to vote, you juxtapose that with the EC’s posture and what we’re being told, the EC is breaking the law, the EC is being lawless and in fact, the EC is acting contrarily to what the framers of the constitution intended it to do.”
He added that several Ghanaians would be deprived from registering to vote.
He stressed that it was the duty of the EC to register eligible voters and not to deprive them.
“The EC seems to have a penchant for imposing their understanding, their interpretation and their perspective of what is a challenge and what is not on we the people who have the constitutional mandate to enjoy the right.
“You don’t decide whether I should register this time to participate at the district level elections or wait to register later on to participate in the national election. That is not your decision to make. Your job is to make it possible for me to register,” he stressed.
In his view it was not too late for the EC to do the right thing by expanding the voter registration from their district offices to other electoral areas.