Parliament has warned the Electoral Commission its new CI seeking to make the Ghana card the only primary document for voter registration will be rejected if it fails to take onboard proposed changes from the house.
Parliament through the speaker wrote to the EC asking for the guarantor system which the commission has done away with to be restored.
The EC has publicly stated it’ll submit the CI without the changes proposed.
Addressing the media in parliament today Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and his Minority counterpart Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson argued inasmuch as the EC is independent, failure to listen to the concerns of Parliament will result in rejection of the CI.
“…The reality is the EC is the authority charged with the responsibility to bring this instrument, what we have done is to make proposals to them. Don’t forget that the constitution is emphatic that in the performance of their function the EC is not subject to the direction or control of anybody. So whereas we think that the suggestions we have given to them may further improve what they intend to, it is for them to evaluate our proposal and maybe see how to factor them into their Instrument before submitting it to us.
“If after they have done the appropriate consultations and considerations they think that they are good with the original, it is left to them. But if they submit it to us, it shouldn’t be the end of it, we will then peruse it to see whether it finds congruence with our own proposals and if it doesn’t and we have to return it or annul it, it is the preserve of Parliament so to do.”
Source: Starr FM