EC sails through in Parliament as controversial C.I 126 is approved


The controversial C.I 126 has received majority approval in Parliament giving the Electoral Commission legal backing to compile a new voter’s register.

Per the voting in Parliament on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 106 members of the Majority side of the House voted in support of the C.I while 96 opposition MPs opposed it.

With Parliament giving the all clear, the electoral management body will be hoping the case before the Supreme Court goes in its favour to compile a new register without the old voter cards.

101 university dons write to EC boss over new register

Meanwhile, a group calling itself the Concerned University Lecturers of Ghana has kicked against the decision of the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register for the upcoming elections.

An Open Letter, signed by over 100 lecturers from various universities across the country said the EC boss’ entrenched position to exclude the current Voters’ ID card from the list of documents needed to secure a new ID card during the compilation of the new register could end up disenfranchising over 9 million Ghanaians.

The letter also stated that the posture of the EC boss has poisoned the electoral environment and has the potential to completely erode the trust and confidence of the Commission.

“It is our considered view that the Commission under your leadership seem to have thrown away the principle of constructive deliberation and consensus-building, and that to a very large extent has accounted for the current controversy.

“Your current unilateral departure from the previous approach to decision making by the Commission has poisoned the electoral environment and has the potential to undermine the credibility of the 2020 elections.”

Source: Daily Mail GH

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