A Deputy Women Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Maame Efua Sekyi-Aidoo, has heavily criticised the Electoral Commission for it’s insistence to compile a new electoral roll despite wise counsels from persons with enviable repute in the country.
According to her, the NDC is united and poised for an electoral victory come December which will rescue Ghanaians from the corrupt Akufo-Addo led government despite the “hurdles” being put in the party’s way by the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission as far as the registration of voters is concerned.
The women’s leader, who was speaking at the 41st-anniverary of the June 4, 1979 uprising in Accra, was concerned about the dangers the EC was about to put Ghanaians into when the exercise begins.
“It is evident that the EC is bent on risking the lives of millions of innocent Ghanaians with its plan to compile a new register of voters despite the loudest opposition from scores of civil society organisations, the National House of Chiefs, several political parties and the majority of Ghanaians,” she stated.
Emphasizing on the role of some great Ghanaian women like Yaa Asantewaa of the Asante Kingdom who used their position to bring positive change to their communites, Madam Sekyi-Aidoo advised the EC boss, Jean Mensah to be ” a mother, not just a woman; and listen to the cries of Ghanaians” adding “Her stubbornness and foolhardiness must give way to reason.”
Controversies And New C.I
Madam Sekyi-Aidoo’s outburst follows a new Constitutional Instrument (CI) that the EC has laid in Parliament, awaiting approval.
The CI will render null and void the old voters’ID card and birth certificate as an identification requirement for Ghanaians to access the new voter’s ID card.
When accepted by the House, persons with ID cards issued by the National Identification Authority (NIA) and those with passports or two guarantors who have gone through the registration process are those who can have the new voters’ ID card.
But the NDC Women’s leader is convinced the NDC would emerge victorious despite the hurdles the EC is putting their way, stressing that the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission has seen “integrity slaughtered with reported evidence of rigging the referendum that birthed the six new regions.”
To her, although the Government is backing the EC to go ahead with the controversial register, she stated the NDC would resist oppressors rule.