Friday, 22 September

EC begins limited voter registration exercise today despite injunction application

Voter registration exercise

The Electoral Commission (EC) is set to commence the Limited Voters Registration Exercise today, Tuesday, 12th September, despite facing an injunction application from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and four other political parties.

The EC, in its statement, emphasised that this registration will be conducted across all 268 District Offices.

In an official statement, the Electoral Commission stated: "The 2023 Voters Registration Exercise will commence on Tuesday, 12th September 2023, and conclude on Monday, 2nd October 2023. Individuals who have reached the age of 18 since the last registration exercise and those who, for various reasons, did not register in 2020, are encouraged to visit the District Office in their place of residence. To register, they will need to provide either their Ghana Card or Ghana Passport as identification. Eligible applicants who do not possess either of these identification documents are required to be vouched for by two (2) persons who are already registered voters to guarantee their registration."

However, it is worth noting that five political parties, namely the NDC, the Convention People's Party (CPP), the All People's Congress, the Liberal Party of Ghana, and the Great Consolidated Popular Party, filed a lawsuit on September 7th. They are challenging the EC's decision to limit the upcoming voter registration exercise to its district offices, arguing that this decision could disenfranchise numerous eligible voters, especially those residing in remote areas.

The Supreme Court was expected to schedule a hearing for the application shortly after it was filed; however, as of now, a hearing date has not been confirmed.

This situation has raised questions about the ongoing legal battle and its potential impact on the voter registration exercise.


Source: Mensah