The Member of Parliament for Madina, Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu, has told the Electoral Commission (EC) to reconsider its decision to discontinue the use of indelible ink.
According to the lawyer, the move is a recipe for disaster.
The EC announced that indelible ink will no longer be used in district-level elections and subsequent polls.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Jean Mensa, told journalists that the decision was part of efforts to enhance the electoral process and establish a robust identification system.
She explained at a media briefing on Monday, December 18, that the biometric identification system flags anyone who attempts multiple registrations; hence, anyone verified after voting cannot vote again.
But lawyer Sosu believes this could spell doom for the country in the elections, and the EC must immediately reverse such a decision.
“The EC does not have good intentions for Ghana. The decision to stop using the indelible ink will cause trouble. If it is not broken, you don’t fix it. I don’t think there is any problem using the indelible ink, and I am sure it poses any threat or problem for anyone.
Already, political parties are suspicious of our electoral processes, especially those of us in opposition, because the government has said a lot to prove that they will rig the 2024 general elections. And so if you want to rig the elections, one of the ways to protect the sanctity of the elections from rigging is through the use of indelible ink. It was introduced to prevent double-voting or overvoting.
So if it is not a problem, why does the EC want to remove it, especially when our rural areas have challenges and sometimes have their voting processes delayed?”
He stressed that this could be a recipe for disaster, and so I will advise the EC to immediately reverse that decision and maintain the use of the ink to ensure peace before, during, and after the elections.
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana