The Electoral Commission of Ghana has advised political parties to stop busing minors and foreigners to registration centres to register in the ongoing limited voters’ registration exercise.
The electoral body said such an act would undermine the credibility of the voter’s register.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, a Deputy Chairperson of the EC, Dr Bossman Asare said the EC remains committed to ensuring that a credible register is created.
He said “Political party officials and members of political parties are also entreated to stop the practice of persuading people who are unqualified and ineligible, such as minors from taking part in the registration exercise. We have noticed that the minors and foreigners have taken advantage of the guarantor system with the support of some members of political parties.”
“As our key stakeholders, we expect the political parties to support us to ensure the voter’s register is credible because if there are people who will benefit from a credible voter’s register, we strongly believe the political parties will be one of the main beneficiaries,” he added.
The Deputy Commissioner told journalists that the EC had raised this point following several reports of unqualified persons participating in the exercise.
“We believe this must stop and the parties, the media, CSOs, all of us must support the Electoral Commission to ensure the laying and the passage of our new proposed CI,” he added.