Legal battles for the Electoral Commission appear to be compounding as the Minority has hinted of the possibility of filing yet another suit for the exclusion of a Birth Certificate as a legal identification document in the new voter registration exercise.
The NDC Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga says the Minority cannot fathom why birth certificates are excluded as means of identification in the new voter registration exercise even though birth certificates remain one of the fundamental documents for the issuance of both the Ghana Card and the passport of which the EC considers sacrosanct for the registration process.
This “fury” of the Minority follows the passing of the Electoral Commission Constitutional Instrument (C.I 126) by Parliament on Tuesday, a move which okayed the use of the Ghana card and passport as the only means of identification for persons registering to vote in the 2020 general elections.
The House by a 102 to 96 majority decision in favor of the amendment, gave the all-clear for the Electoral Commission’s Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 126).
This means that one cannot use a birth certificate or the existing voter card as proof of identification to register to vote in the 2020 General Elections.
Given this, Mahama Ayariga in an interview monitored by ABC News hinted that the Minority has resolved to seek redress of the matter in order to compel the EC to add the birth certificate, which is the basic identification document of both the Ghana Card and Passport to be added in the CI 126.
“We will go to court to compel them to allow the use of birth certificate as a medium of identification,” the legislator announced.
He further explained that “We think that whatever the case, the birth certificate is the foundation document so it is ridiculous that you will accept every other document but the birth certificate. The birth certificate is the basis of the information that the NIA is using for the Ghana Card. The Birth Certificate is the basis of the passport the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is issuing. So why will they [Foreign Affairs Ministry] accept the birth certificate and issue you a passport and then NIA will accept and issue you a Ghana Card and yet you the Electoral Commission, who is supposed to do the same job of identifying citizens refuse to accept the birth certificate which is the foundation the document. That is in our opinion, quite ridiculous.“
Meanwhile, the NDC is already at the Supreme Court to seek redress over the exclusion of the existing voter ID card as a legal identification document for the new voter registration exercise by the Electoral Commission.
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