Private Legal practitioner, Clara Beeri Kasser-Tee has charged the Electoral Commission(EC) to ensure it makes the upcoming objected new voters registration exercise the last to be conducted moving into the future.
The law lecturer believes the “EC did not invest in how to
maintain and/or revise this register – it was simply time for procurement of a
Mrs Kasser-Tee in a Facebook post seen by MyNewsGh.com opined that the Electoral Commission in the face of several objections and protests, is bent on proceeding with the compilation of a new voters register.
“Procuring new voters’ registers seemed to have become
part of EC operations, and once more, it was time to procure again, come what
may. So EC seemed to have invested in what to tell Ghanaians to justify this
procurement,” she wrote.
She added that “At this stage, I think that the EC
knows its reasons for this procurement are not reasonable in the light of the
debate, but it seems too late for them, (EC) to change course. I however leave
this for the IT experts. Is it too late for the EC to change course?” She
Though some opposition political parties and Civil Society Organizations
and prominent individuals have shot down the reasons given by the EC to compile
a new voters register, the Commission has served notice it will commence the
exercise in April.
This according to Mrs. Kasser-Tee will disenfranchise some
Ghanaians eligible to register and vote.
“My bigger worry is that the compiling of a new
register may disenfranchise some people – some may simply not bother again to
go and register- who likes queues? In this event, the EC would have succeeded
in undermining the very reasons for its establishment and reason for
constitutional independence- to enable the citizen realise her right to
vote” she added.
Whilst likening the modus operandi of the EC to a person losing and asking for call contacts each time his/her phone gets missing or damaged, she wondered why the Commission has overtime not leveraged on technology to avoid the frequent exercise of compiling voters’ data.
“Whatever happens, I hope the EC abandons any plans in
future to compile another new voters’ register. It doesn’t make sense in this
technological age, that I will take your phone number, but once I change my
phone, I must find you to physically come and give me your phone number again.
You already have my records as a voter. That you require me to come and give
you the same information all over again, more than once, cannot be reasonable.
It is possible to have a register that we can revise by deleting names of dead
people, adding names of new voters, challenging certain names, etc. It just
requires collaboration with the relevant state Institutions, and utmost respect
for the right of the citizen to be heard before taking any decision that
affects them adversely.” She added.