The Electoral Commission (EC), according to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), decided to undertake the 2023 restricted voter registration campaign in its district offices in an effort to reduce votes in its stronghold.
The NDC asserts that this suppression of votes will help the Commission rig the general election of 2024 in favor of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This accusation was made in an interview by the party’s national communications officer, Sammy Gyamfi.
He promised to use every legal tool at their disposal to ensure that this scheme is utterly scrapped.
“You know why they want to do this? Because by restricting the registration centers to their district offices, it will be possible for them not only to suppress votes…but the second objective is to rig the process through gerrymandering.
“When the registration is done at the electoral area level, the key stakeholders in the process who are the political parties are able to recruit, train, and deploy polling agents who reside in that catchment area. So if a person comes to be registered and the person does not reside in that area, they will be able to challenge that registration,” he stated.
On September 7, the NDC and four other political parties filed a lawsuit against the electoral management organization for the same matter.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP), All People’s Congress (APC), Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), and Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) are all parties to the lawsuit, which claims that the ruling would disenfranchise a large number of eligible voters.
As a result, they are requesting that the Supreme Court halt the electoral management body’s plans until the core issue has been resolved.