Some Majority MPs in Parliament have described as mischievous and premature a motion by Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga seeking a rejection of the Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) that will allow the Electoral Commission to register new voters based on a new set of rules.
The new C.I. if passed, will remove the voter’s ID card as a registration document for a new voter ID card but allow for the use of the Ghana Card.
The C.I. needs 21 continuous sitting days to mature and today is day 10. The notice of motion filed by Mr. Ayariga is asking the house to reject the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 C.I. 126, even before the Subsidiary Legislation Committee submits a report on the C.I. to the floor.
But Majority MPs are against the motion.
Okaikoi Central MP, Yaw Boamah said the motion is premature, he does not see the basis for Mr Ayariga’s application and how he is going to succeed.
Speaking to JoyNews’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo, he said “he [Ayariga] is trying to run ahead of time, create mischief and confusion in the minds of Ghanaians. He is not going to succeed.
“He is not challenging the EC’s power to amend the C.I. he is just assign for a rejection and what will be your basis for a rejection,” he added.
Mr Boamah the move is part of the NDC’s grand scheme to mar the whole electoral process and our quest to have a peaceful general elections in December.
He said members of Parliament’s Subsidiary Legislative Committee have sat with officials of the EC and agreed on the C.I. which is going through the constitutional process.
“So I don’t understand the mischief that his is trying to foment. I am determined to support every constitutional process as set out by the constitution towards a free and a peaceful general election,” he stressed.
Sekondi MP, Andrew Agyapa Mercer said the motion will be shot down by the Majority.
Echoing the sentiments of his colleague, Mr Mercer said the motion “is not going anywhere. The EC is seeking to amend sections of an existing Constitutional Instrument.
“What is the basis or the rational that he proposes in his motion that would warrant Parliament annulling the regulations that has been placed before us? I don’t see this motion succeeding at all,” he added.