March 1, 2023

Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga has expressed worry over comments by the Majority Leader Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu that the business of the Electoral Commission (EC) is a government business.

According to him since the EC is an independent body, anything they do should be seen as coming from an independent body. He made this assertion in the wake of the EC briefing Parliament on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 on plans to work on a Constitutional Instrument that would see the Ghana Card as a sole document for getting the voters ID.

Responding to questions after the Minority organised a press conference to register their displeasure, of the Ghana Card being pushed as the sole document to acquire voters ID, he noted that the EC could have brought the CI long ago but did not do that.

“The EC has engaged us to make her case; we are also engaging you and the public to make our case why the Ghana Card should not be use as a sole document to get the voters ID”.

“EC is not government and government is not EC; this a consensus building process and I believe that it should have started at the political party level, because they have a major stake in voter registration but the evidence is that NDC as a political party was not involved in the deliberation leading to the production of the CI so we are bringing it up as Minority MPs for us to look at it”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/