5 December 2012

Ghana: 3000 Voters in the Kasena-Nankana District to Be Disenfranchised

Some three thousand voters in the Kasena-Nankana district in the Upper East Region are likely to be disenfranchised in the up-coming general election following the inability to the Electoral Commission (EC) to register them at lest sixty days before the election date of December 7, this year.

This came to light, when Former Nigerian President, General Olusegun Obasanjo led a-five- member Observer delegation to meet the Chief Justice in Accra yesterday.

The explaining the issues that culminated from the an Accra High Court citing the Chairman of the EC, Dr. Akwadow Afari-Djan for contempt of court for not registering the voters, Justice Sule Gbadegbe, a Supreme Court Judge, noted that even if the voters are registered, they can't take part in this year's general election.

According to Justice Gbadegbe, the voters, when registered, qualify to vote under the law after 60 days from the date of registration.

Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 72 under which the voters right to register and vote is captured indicates that "the Commission is prohibited from including the register of voters: "the name of the person who qualifies to register as a voter for an election but who registers less that sixty days to that election"

It therefore gives the picture that persons who attain age 18 or above cannot be registered to vote in a pending election once the duration of the date of registration and the voting date is less that sixty days", Justice Gbadegbe noted.

Meanwhile, the EC has started registering the voters from the Kasena-Nankana district ahead of the December 7, general election as a way to purge the Chairman of the EC from the contempt of court slapped on him.

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