You can't prevent your subjects from registering -Dwenin Chief.
He said although chiefs have authority over their subjects, they cannot prevent them from exercising their constitutional rights as Ghanaians.
Nana Bofo Bene IV made the call when he was addressing the Bono regional executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at his palace at Dwenim.
The Bono regional executives of the NPP, led by Kwame Baffoe, popularly known as Abronye DC, are embarking on a three-day sensitisation visit to the various paramount chiefs in the region over the new voters registration exercise.
Nana Bofo Ben added that chiefs must be ambassadors of peace and progress, and, therefore, should support the decision of the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters' register, as enshrined in Article 45 of the 1992 Constitution, and refrain from acts that have the tendency of plunging the country into chaos.
The NPP Chairman said the new voters register will not disenfranchise any qualified individual, but is a constitutional mandate which needs to be upheld, and, therefore, Ghanaians should not fall for the lies and propaganda of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the new voters register
SAMPA CHIEFS BACK CALLS FOR NEW REGISTER
Meanwhile, the Acting President of the Sampa Traditional Council, Nana Kwadwo Massa, and his subjects have backed the Electoral Commission (EC) on the compilation of the new voters register for the 2020 elections.
According to the Chief, the current electoral register is faced with numerous challenges which could lead to electoral-related problems, and, therefore, could not be relied upon for the upcoming general 2020 elections, hence, the support for a new voters register.
Nana Massa made the call when he addressed the Bono regional executives of the NPP at Sampa. In his remarks, the Bono Regional Chairman of the NPP, Kwame Baffoe, said the opposition NDC knows that if a new register is compiled it will be difficult for them to win elections in the country, that is why they are against its compilation.
According to Mr. Baffoe, the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Aseidu Nketia, in his recent tour of the Bono Region, noted certain reasons for which the NDC is against the compilation of a new voter register. Their reasons include among others, the exclusion of the Ghanaian birth certificate and the existing voter identity card, inclusion of the Ghana Card as a requirement for registering and acquiring a voter's ID, which, according to the NDC, will disenfranchise many people, and the Coronavirus (Covid-19) as an excuse.
The Regional Chairman noted: 'It is important to acknowledge that it is not within the domain of the regional secretariat of the party to speak for [the] NIA and the Electoral Commission. However, it is within the domain and realm of the regional secretariat of the party to clear all ambiguities and misconceptions peddled by the NDC during their visit to the region.'
Mr Baffoe pointed out that the NDC must understand the fact that the NPP, as a government which has put over 1.3 million children in school through the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, and has employed over 100,000 graduates and more, does not need an election to be rigged in its favour.
'A government that puts the interest of the ordinary Ghanaian first, whether it is in protecting the money of millions of depositors, or absolving the cost of electricity and water of 30 million Ghanaians to ease the sufferings of the people when there is a crisis, such a government does not need an election to be rigged in its favour,' he said.
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|Publication:||Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)|
|Date:||Jun 25, 2020|
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