The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has alleged that the return of final year Senior High School students to school was part of an “illegal” scheme to assemble the students for voter registration.
The NDC’s Director of Elections, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah at a press briefing today in Accra contended that the decision also contravenes the law which mandates the Electoral Commission to gazette a designated polling centre for 21 days.
“We (the NDC) remind the EC that according to C.I. 91 they are required to gazette a designated polling centre for 21 days. In the absence of that, any so-called registration centre, be it in a school or elsewhere is illegal,” Mr Afriyie Ankrah said.
“It is true that the EC was quick to refer to their mandate as prescribed by CI 91 but they conveniently left out portions of the same CI that compels them to gazette for a defined number of days.
“We refer you, ladies and gentlemen to Regulation 2, Paragraph 3 of the CI 91: “The Commission shall at least twenty-one days before the first day of the national registration of voters, inform political parties and the general public by publication in the Gazette of a place it designates as a registration centre”.
EC deploy officials to SHS
The Electoral Commission (EC) has deployed registration officials to Senior High Schools (SHS) across the country.
The officials will today,Friday and Saturday go to register final year students as part of the ongoing voters’ ID registration exercise.
The EC’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Sylvia Annoh said the two-day exercise will be held in all SHSs that do not have polling stations within their schools.
“All qualified Senior High School students who are 18 and above are therefore encouraged to present themselves at these registration centres within their schools with either a passport or Ghana Identification Card.
“However, additional days will be announced when it becomes necessary to ensure that all eligible voters are registered,” she said.