Politics of 2014-08-27

EC cannot delete the names of Tamale voters – Lawyer

A private legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong says the Tamale Metro office of the Electoral Commission(EC) cannot delete the names of voters from the voters' register.

The Tamale Metro office of the Electoral Commission (EC) on Tuesday threatened to delete the names of 20 alleged unqualified voters from the voters' register after they ignored an EC invite to defend themselves.

The residential addresses and ages of these challenged 20 individuals was contented after the Tamale Central constituency NPP leadership alleged they were smuggled from neighboring countries to register.

However, in an interview on Citi FM’s EyeWitness News, Yaw Oppong said it will be wrong for the EC to delete the names of the 20 challenged persons and indicated that such an act could amount to a court sue.

“I don’t think it is enough to just write to them, the people have the right to challenge that decision to matters in the court of law or other adjudicative bodies.”

He added that the only way the EC could delete the names of the challenged persons was if “they[challenged persons] indicated in writing that they had received the invitation, secondly were they given sufficient time and opportunity to be heard at the place where registration was done.”

Meanwhile, the Tamale central constituency NPP Secretary, Musah Mutawakil has described the EC’s decision to delete the names of the 20 challenged persons as a victory for Ghana’s democracy and praised the NPP polling agents for their vigilance during the exercise.

Source: citifmonline.com
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