NIM GHANA POSITION ON EC VOTER REGISTER SAGA
NIM’s position on the electoral register saga is unique and stands part from those being expoused in the mainstream media. It is not the case that any of those arguments reflect NIM’s position. We debate this matter on the platform and there are divergent views. However we all agree on some basics that in essence reflect our consensus for NIM.
1. EC has a mandate and responsibility to update and where it sees fit, recompile a new electoral register in accordance with the law.
2. NIM objects to any actions affecting the electoral register that may disenfranchise any Ghanaian citizen of their right to vote in any election. We find in particular,any exclusive reliance on ducuments (i.e. passports and new national ID) that the majority of the population dont have,as being very restrictive and tantamount to disenfranchisement of large sections of previously registered voters. Any person that believe they have probable cause why EC cannot renew or update the electoral register in the manner that has been proscribed should proceed to court with the specific charges.
NIM therefore was not going to be part of any demonstrations because it was and still is a matter for the courts. We subsequently pointed out that the simplest workable position was to proceed with the new voters registration process to the extent possible, but allow use of existing voters registration card to overlap for 2020. Therefore the new registration process will be completed for everybody and all old voters card become null and void for 2024. This phased process will ease the tension, allow for a rigorous and thorough registration process and also give us a new national ID card that serves multiple purposes including voting.
Indeed the simplest way of achieving this was to have issued new national ID cards based on the old register that is based on biometric data with assistance of STS as a separate contract. Any ID cards that are not collected in person using fingerprint verification during the review process will be destroyed and the persons removed from the register after due notice. If for any technical reasons the direct use of the old register to issue ID cards is not possible we proceed as earlier described in the phased approach. Let us pray that humility and intellect will prevail over egoistic willfulness and partisan jostling for advantage on both sides.