The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced that it will not allow registration by proxy in any instance, as it commences the process of compiling a new voters’ register for the 2020 general election.
According to a Deputy Chair of the Commission, Dr. Bossman Asare, the current Constitutional Instrument (CI) on the registration exercise does not permit proxy registrations, neither are there arrangements to register Ghanaians abroad at the time of the registration process.
“The CI on registration basically specifies that we must appear in person and you know, to do something in others’ jurisdiction will require some clearances; you need to engage the authorities and I think that will maybe fall under ROPAA.
“You can’t just say I am going to Nigeria to register Ghanaians. But we are anticipating that the time the process will take off or come to an end, Ghanaians abroad… I think we are picking information that some of them are coming,” he said in an interview with Joy News Wednesday.
Dr Bossman Asare acknowledged that it is extremely important to get such persons registered but stressed that the Commission is not empowered under the current law to do registration by proxy.
He is however hopeful that a number of citizens abroad will make it back to the country through some special arrangements before the exercise scheduled to begin on June 30 is over.
“The mop-up, we are not finishing in June, we are only starting in June and the exercise will take place from the end of June.It’s for 38 days and so I am hoping that by the time..maybe July who knows what is in there
“But don’t forget that Ghanaians abroad who want to take part in the ROPAA, until the process goes through, they have not been taking part. So they are just like our brothers and sisters who are not able to come because of COVID-19,” he stated
He, however, noted that the arrangements for voter transfer and proxy voting remain intact.
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