EC Cited For Breaching CI 72


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The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) has said the Electoral Com­mission’s (EC) effort to sanitise the voters’ regis­ter by deleting multiple names from the voters’ register was unlawful and illegal.

“Multiple registrations are an offense under Cl 72 and people who engage in such a practice must be prosecuted in the court of law.

“The EC may have all the necessary facts and good intentions, but it has no legal authority to pro­nounce anyone guilty of an offence of multiple registra­tions and consequently re­move his or her name from the voters” register,” Frank Adarkwah-Yiadom, CADA Executive Director, stated in a statement to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

The CADA statement noted that whether or not one was guilty of such an offence should be deter­mined by the court of law in Ghana after a fair hear­ing.

“It is based on the deter­mination by the court that the EC can delete names or otherwise.

“Failure to prosecute of­fenders amounts to removal of the deterrent factor which will discourage peo­ple who may harbour plans of engaging in such prac­tices in the future,” the statement stated.

CADA, therefore, wishes to remind the EC that election administration is a serious business which has no place for arbitrari­ness no matter how good the intentions may be.


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“We urge the EC to play by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of elections in Ghana to serve as an example to other stakeholders,” the state­ment stated.

According to CADA, one of the problems with the existing Ghanaian vot­ers’ register is the multiple registrations.

The statement explained that the multiple registra­tions occurred when one person has his or her details (demographic and biomet­ric) appearing more than once in the voters’ register.

Reasons for multiple registrations could be inten­tional or unintentional, but whatever the case may be, the fact is that multiple reg­istration is an electoral of­fence in Ghana.

In fact, Regulation 27 (b) and (s) of the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2012, C.l.72, clearly states that any person who registers as a voter more than once ei­ther at the same registration centre or at different regis­tration centres commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not more than five hun­dred penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than two years or to both.

“CADA believes that the biometric technology used to compile the existing reg­ister is able to identify all multiple registrations through matching of one’s biometric details with the rest of the voters nation­wide,” the statement said.

– myjoyonline


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