Ghana Card will eliminate underage voting in elections – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has said the use of the Ghana Card as the only source of document for continuous voter registration is to eliminate the phenomenon of underage voting.

A former EC chairman, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan is warning the decision by the EC will disenfranchise millions of qualified electorate.

Speaking on The Forum on Asaase on Saturday (6 August), the deputy chairman in charge of corporate services at the EC Dr Bossman Asare said there is no cause for alarm.

“In all this, when we start the registration, the party agents will be present. The mischief we’re trying to kill is having people fronting for people who are not 18 years and are not Ghanaians.”

“As we speak, the exercise hasn’t even begun but when it begins, we’re asking people to go for your Ghana Card, go to your district EC office and register,” he added.

“What the commission is saying is that our exercise which is the continuous registration has no deadline. So when we start the process and you’re 18 and have your Ghana card, go and register. We know you don’t turn 18 before you get your Ghana Card so when you get your card and turn 18, you go and register,” Bossman said.

Asaase Radio