Parliament Summons EC over 2020 Polls

Parliament has summoned the Jean Mensah led Electoral Commission of Ghana, to officially brief the House this week on the roadmap towards the December 7, 2020 general elections

Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu disclosed this to parliament during the reading of the business statement for next week.

It followed demands by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and other MPs who wanted the Electoral Commissioner to appear before the House with full detail roadmap towards the December 7 polls.

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who is the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs said the commission has been summoned to brief Parliament this week.

Many Ghanaians, including members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have claimed about 93% of potential voters in the Upper East and Upper West regions would be ineligible to vote if the electoral commission insists on its controversial voter registration methods.

The Electoral Commission has said the Ghana card and passports are the primary documents to be used for the upcoming registration.

However, the Director of Elections of the NDC Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says it will be undemocratic to resort to such a means to disenfranchise Ghanaians from voting.

But dissenting Ghanians say “Only about 6.5 million people have access to the NIA card. The NIA could not dispute our claim that only 5.17 per cent and 6.36 per cent of the registrable population in the Upper West and Upper East regions, respectively, have been issued Ghana cards, as we speak.

The NDC at a press conference said Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Savannah, North-East, have about 86 per cent, 84 per cent, 85 per cent and Upper East and Upper West 5.17 per cent and Upper East 6.36 per cent of eligible voters risked been disenfranchised.

Source: Felix Nyaaba

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