Mr. Richard Asenso, the Electoral Commission Director for the Cape Coast Metropolis, has warned politicians across the country to tread carefully on the topic of minor registration in the ongoing limited voter registration campaign.
The electoral director deemed registering a minor under 18 to own a voter identification card before the 2024 general election as an abuse and a punishable offence, urging political parties to refrain from such practices.
Mr. Asenso criticised the fact that politicians are hell-bent on enrolling kids on the national exercise despite understanding the repercussions.
They will, however, never allow their underage children to partake in the act and will go to any length to imperil the future of other people’s children.
He explained that if a minor is led to participate in the registration process, the perpetrator has first taught that teenager how to lie, and that such individual will be treated as an adult in situations such as medical treatment and criminal cases.
“When you register a minor, you teach that person how to spread lies.” You have also abused the person and placed them at risk. In the event of a medical emergency, medical personnel may deliver medicine to the individual based on the age listed on his voter card. When there is also a criminal offence, the person is treated as an adult offender, which is risky.
These politicians will encourage minors to register but will not allow their children to do so because they are aware of the terrible consequences. It is not proper, and we must all speak out against it. We believe it has a political advantage, but the risks outweigh the immediate gains.”