Take advantage of EC’s limited voter registration – Mahama rallies 18-yr-olds
The 2024 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, is urging Ghanaians who have turned 18 years and above to take advantage of the window of opportunity to be provided by the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) to register to vote for change in 2024.
He says those who have to replace their lost voter ID cards should also take part in the exercise from Tuesday, September 12.
He described the upcoming limited voter registration exercise by the EC as the heart of democracy.
“The limited voter registration exercise will give the opportunity to those who are eligible to vote to place their names on the voters’ register,” he said in a Facebook Live address on Wednesday, September 6.
“It will also allow those replacing lost voter ID cards an opportunity to transfer your votes from where you currently have it to your new polling station.
“In a nutshell, I am here to encourage you wherever you are in Ghana or beyond that if you do not have a voter ID card, especially if you’ve just turned 18, please take advantage of this exercise which starts on September 12, 2023.”
The EC’s limited voter registration exercise is scheduled to end on Monday, October 2.
But it is to be done at the Commission’s district offices, a decision that has been resisted by opposition parties.
“I wish to add my voice to those who have called on the EC to reconsider its decision to restrict the registration exercise to its district offices only.
“Acquiring the voter ID card affirms one’s right to vote and access to a voter ID card should be easy and not limited by location. Every Ghanaian deserves the chance to exercise this democratic right.
“I strongly urge the Electoral Commission to facililate the registration exercise in all its electoral areas to allow for easy access and a reduced burden on the citizenry in their quest to register.”
He added that this is only in line with regulation 22(b) of CI 91 as amended by CI 126.