EC lacks the legal right to embark on registration now – Majority Leader

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The Majority leader in Parliament and leader of government business, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has said, the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has no legal right to conduct any registration for now.

He said it will be illegal on the part of the EC to engage in such exercise anywhere in the country since the Constitutional Instrument that has been submitted to Parliament has not matured to allowed the commission to carry out any registration exercise.

Mr. Bonsu was responding to concerns raised by some members of the minority side in Ghana’s Parliament alleging that, the EC is having its registration exercise in some parts of the country, despite the fact that, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has issued directives under the Imposition of Restrictions law to stop every activity in the country that engages people more than twenty-five at a particular space in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the country.

He therefore calmed members of the minority side and other citizens who are having such thoughts to disregard it since such comments are mere allegations and that the EC knows what is right and would act as such.

“The Commission cannot do any registration for now, that is even if they intend to do that, they can not do that because the Constitutional Instrument that they submitted to us has not matured so no registration exercise could go on without the maturation of the constitutional Instrument, as simple as that.

“So whoever is alleging that, is alleging that he is ignorant, he is complete ignorant, the electoral commission can not do that,” he said.

The leader gave this clarity at Parliament on Friday 1 May, 2020 when he was delivering a speech to for the final adjournment of Parliament.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com

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