The Electoral Commission has announced that the 2020 Voters Registration Exercise has been scheduled to commence on Tuesday, 30th of June, 2020.
A letter signed by the Deputy Chairman, Corporate Affairs of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Bossman Asare said “the registration will be held at all Registration Centres and District Offices of the Electoral Commission throughout the country.”
The EC’s letter comes after Parliament on Tuesday, June, 09, 2020 voted to approve the controversial C.I 126.
The lawmakers reportedly voted by 106 to 92 majority decision in the House.
This gives legal backing to the decision by the Election Management Body(EMB) to compile a new voter’s register for the December polls following the approval by the House on the new C.I.
Meanwhile, the EC’s new voters’ register decision is still clouded in uncertainty as the Supreme Court is yet to rule on the legality or otherwise of that decision.
NDC vrs AG,EC over New register
The largest opposition NDC is challenging the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new Voters’ Register at the Supreme Court ahead of the December polls.
In a writ invoking the original jurisdiction of the court, the NDC is seeking a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, on whether the EC has “the constitutional power to, and can, compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law”.
The NDC is praying the Supreme court for an order directed at the EC, to include “all existing voter identification cards duly issued by the 2nd Defendant (EC) as one of the documents serving as proof of identification for registration as a voter for the purposes of public elections”.
It is also further seeking a declaration on whether the EC “can only revise the existing register of voters, and lacks the power to prepare a fresh register of voters, for the conduct of the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections”.