University lecturers have asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to revisit the decision to compile a new voter roll to prevent robbing nine million Ghanaians their right to vote.
The lecturers were of the view that limiting the requirements for the registration for the new system to Ghana Cards, passports, and two guarantors will disenfranchise about half of the potential voters.
“Holders of passports and Ghanacards will be approximately nine million citizens. If the registration requirement is limited to these two documents, you risk denying about nine million Ghanaians the right to vote in December 2020,” the lecturers noted.
Among others, the speakers said the arrangements made by the EC “is a catastrophe waiting to happen, as it will give a passage point to a few outside nationals and underage people to enlist.”
Again they asked the EC “to go about as an arbitrator with no sign or demonstrations of inclination” while featuring that “constituent debates have brought about the loss of a huge number of lives in different nations in the sub-district”.
The four-point letter was signed by 101 lecturers drawn from several universities.
Among the lecturers are some realized countenances related with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). The opposition has hauled the EC to the Supreme Court over the issue.
Prof. Joshua Alabi, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), who was a flagbearer aspirant , is among the instructors.
Other lecturers associated with the NDC are Professor Raymond Atuguba and Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte.