Article 42 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana states that “Every citizen of Ghana of eighteen years of age or above and of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purposes of public elections and referenda.”
This is very clear and explicit without any ambiguity.
So why should this current EC try to redefine our citizenship status by limiting me and other majority of Ghanaians at the rural areas who are not privileged to get access to a passport or were able to register with the NIA when they(NIA) only came and do only 3 weeks in my region with limited registration centers.
My community was not covered by the NIA and we are more than 1000 people in the community and none of us is having a passport.
Our ancestors or fore fathers settled in this community long before Ghana was declared an independent state and that clearly shows we are citizens by birth with birth certificates and almost all the young guys above 18 have also registered with the EC in 2012 revision of the Register, some also registered in the 2016 and 2019 limited registration but now that the EC is saying these two documents cannot qualify you to register or go through the process that can lead you to register.
But the truth of the matter is, in my village nobody is having the NIA card nor a passport that can go through the process and then vouch for other people.
How do we register since we do not have the required documents but meanwhile it is our constitutional right to get registered in any process the EC wants to embarked upon and only registered voters have the chance to choose the people they want to manage the little taxes they paid as well as the resources that are endowed with the nation.
A lot of us will be disenfranchised should the EC remain adamant in their position of going ahead with the two documents that are not available to most people in this part of our world and several other places in Ghana.
EC should rethink about this.
RashidNettwork from Wa