The flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress(NDC) John Dramani Mahama has urged Ghanaians to participate in any form of voter registration exercise undertaken by the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of the 2020 general elections.
Mr Mahama speaking during a community engagement at the Tongor area of South Dayi in the Volta Region, said although the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not in support of the EC’s decision to use a new voters’ register for the polls, they will not undermine the democracy of the country should the Supreme Court not rule in their favour in the case challenging the legality of the compilation of a new voter register.
He urged the Chiefs and people to use their influence to encourage the citizenry to register in whatever registration the Supreme Court allows the EC to conduct in order to exercise their franchise on December 7, 2020.
“I want to remind all our citizens that, this year is an election year. The Electoral Commission has decided that it wants to conduct a registration exercise. We had disagreements with the Electoral Commission on what register to use and the matter has been at the Supreme Court and we are waiting for the Supreme Court for its verdict. Whatever verdict the Supreme Court gives, we are ready to be law-abiding citizens so we shall respect the verdict of the court. But whatever the verdict is, there is going to be a registration exercise whether a limited registration, new registration exercise, or validation of an existing register. Whichever registration it is, I will like to plead with Togbui to beat the gong to all our people to come out and register so that in December they can register and exercise their votes, ” he said.
Meanwhile the NDC the has dragged the Electoral Commission to court over attempts by the electoral commission to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 general elections.