The National Union of Ghana Students has waded into the ongoing debate over the appropriateness of the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 General Elections.
NUGS, at a press conference on Wednesday, backed the EC, on the argument that the 1992 constitution allows the them to act independently.
“The stance of NUGS is one and simple: NUGS stands with the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the legal framework which administers power and authority and functions of all persons, groups, and institutions in the country. Article 46 of Ghana’s constitution describes the electoral commission as an independent institution whose functions shall not in any way be subject to directions or control of any person, group or authority except as those actions are inconsistent with the constitution from which the commission derives its power of authority from. Having critically examined article 45(a), clause (e) of the 1992 constitution, NUGS on behalf of students of Ghana appreciate the independence of the EC, without undermining the inputs of various election stakeholders like political parties, civil society groups, and citizens at large,” he stated.
President of the Union, Isaac Hyde, urged groups and political parties who were not in support of the Electoral Commission’s decision to “cease all debates” on the matter and give room for the EC to undertake its responsibilities independently.
“Whichever way the debate may fall, one question stands tall among all the arguments; what does the constitution say concerning electoral matters? The reference answer remains Article 45 and 46. At this point, NUGS is strongly calling out that all debates must cease, egos must be put aside and cool heads must be allowed to prevail for the EC to execute its mandate judiciously to the good people of Ghana,” Mr. Hyde stated.
Isaac Hyde further entreated the Electoral Commission to factor students in the registration process since they will be in school when the exercise begins and likewise on the day of the election in December.
“Since students will be in school during the exercise, we entreat the EC to factor all students including those in various senior high schools. If possible, polling stations should be provided for them since they will be in school during the elections on December 7.”
EC to compile new voters register
Despite heavy opposition from some Civil Society Groups and some political parties including the National Democratic Congress, the Electoral Commission says it is in the process of changing the current voter register for the 2020 election.
The parties, who have come together as the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voters Register argue that the EC’s decision is needless and a drain on Ghana’s economy.
However, the electoral body has announced April 18 as the date to commence the exercise.
The commission has also expressed the hope that it will complete the exercise by May 30, 2020.
Story by: Ebo Daniel | universnewsroom.com