The Coalition of National Youth Organizers have observed with a heavy heart how the electoral commission has decide to ignore suggestions of key political parties who are against the approach the limited registration exercises is being organized.
The electoral commission is behaving as if the views and concerns of IPAC parties are irrelevant.
As Key stake holders in this whole process, especially as National Youth Organizers of political parties who know the plight of the Ghanaian Youth, are advising the all Youth to boycott and not to take part in this limited registration exercise considering these following reasons.
As we speak, some political parties have taken the Electoral commission to court, to challenge the approach in which they want to roll out this exercise.
The case is yet to be heard in court yet the electoral commission wants to go ahead and embark on this schemed and skewed electoral process.
Again as a creation of the constitution of Ghana, we the Coalition of National Youth Organizers, expects the electoral commission to comprehend that, if a case is pending in court like the recent case between Duffour and the NDC, where the EC stated that ” if there is a case in court they the “EC” can’t go ahead with their duties until it is determined otherwise by the court to prevent contempt of court and if not determined by the court, any attempt to jump ahead of the court proceedings amounts to Pre-Judicial and can resort in a contempt of court.
The Youth of Ghana must be respected if voting is their civic responsibility, then the electoral commission should not make it difficult if not impossible, for them to register for a voter’s ID card.
We are therefore retraiting our earlier position that, the electoral commission should consider creating temporal polling stations in various schooling institutions where most of the Youth currently are.
This step when taken will bring the registration closer to the unemployed and financially unstable Youth who by their constitutional right must register to take part in any form of elections.
Again the electoral commission must consider embarking the exercises in the various polling stations and electoral areas where the district assembly elections will be held to increase participation in the district assembly elections and the General elections will take place.
We are reminding the Electoral commission that, their district offices are not polling stations and should therefore avoid the attempt to creat such jurisdiction.
Again we are drawing the attention of the electoral commission that with this approach of registration the possibilities of increasing and further deepening the Monitization in our democracy especially our electoral process is high.
This is because, this decision to hold the registration exercise in EC’s district offices will force people with political ambition to induce registrants with money before registering which is very dangerous to our democracy.
This limited registration exercise is as important as any other registration exercises that has been and will be done by the electoral commission.
Our position is clear, if it must be done, then it must be done right. If the electoral commission wants the people’s participation during this limited registration exercises, then they should take the exercise closer to them to make it easier for them to register.
We are therefore calling on Ghanaian Youth who are the future leaders of this country to boycott participating in this limited registration exercise, if the electoral commission decides not to consider the proposals made.
Osei Kofi Acquah
Coalition of National Youth Organizers.