President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Isaac Jay Hyde, has urged all political stakeholders to allow the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to execute its constitutional mandate to compile a new voters’ register if necessary.
He argued that, the EC is operating within the confines of the law to ensure a smooth electoral process by suggesting a new voters’ register. Hence, should be allowed to operate freely and independently.
Explaining the Union’s stance on the matter, Mr Hyde noted that, NUGS believes in Ghana’s 1992 Constitution and the powers it accords the EC to be free and independent in exercising its duties.
“Our stance is triggered by our total acceptance, believe and trust in the laws that govern the nation. Article 46 of Ghana’s Constitution describes the Electoral Commission as an independent institution whose functions shall not in any way be subject to the directions or control of any person, group or authority except that those actions are inconsistent with same constitution from which the commission derives its power of autonomy from.”
NUGS therefore called on all stakeholders to “respect the independence of the EC and desist from acts of intimidation, coercion and inducement directed at obstructing the EC from its constitutional mandate of conducting a credible, free and fair election or stampeding it to take any decision that will mar the beauty of election 2020”.
The Union also urged the EC to engage all opposing parties and stakeholders in a manner that shows respect and appreciation of their views in a democratic space.