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EC Optimistic About Ghana Card as Sole Identification for Future Election

The EC Chairperson expressed optimism that Parliament will pass a bill making the Ghana Card the sole requirement for voter registration.

Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa

The Electoral Commission (EC) is hopeful that using the Ghana Card as the exclusive form of identification for future elections will resolve conflicts that arose during the recent voter registration transfer.

The commission’s chair, Jean Mensa, stressed that the guarantor system led to conflicts including an incident that occurred in Weija on June 2, 2024, where the son of a Member of Parliament Mavis Hawa Koomson was injured.

After a meeting in Accra with civil society organizations on June 27, 2024, geared at ensuring peaceful elections, the EC Chairperson expressed optimism that Parliament will pass a bill making the Ghana Card the sole requirement for voter registration.

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”We hope that in the future parliament will be in agreement with the EC’s proposal to make the Ghana card the sole document identification card but that will be after 2024,” Mensa said.

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During the said meeting, the Head of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), Albert Kofi Arhin, urged the EC to intensify efforts to promote peace ahead of the elections, citing high tensions and public anxiety.

“Tensions are very high, the economic situation in the country sometimes is dicey, and people are desperate, so we need to educate the people about peace,”  Arhin said.

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The meeting also discussed the importance of including journalists in IPAC meetings to ensure accurate information sharing.

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