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Parliamentary committee recommends acceptance of EC’s Constitutional Instrument

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The Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament has, by a 12-9 majority decision, recommended to Parliament to accept its report on the EC’s Constitutional Instrument (CI 126).

The vote means the report will be presented to the Plenary for a full debate prior to the instrument coming into force on June 10.

A source told the ‘Daily Graphic’ that after the consideration of the CI, the Minority refused to accept the report, which necessitated the need for a vote.

The source said the Majority accepted the report, but the Minority rejected it and it had to be put to vote which ended 12-9. CI 126, which seeks to make the Ghana Card and the Ghanaian passport the only legal identification documents for registering people in the new biometric voters register, was first laid before the House on March 16, this year but was withdrawn and re-laid on two occasions after the Subsidiary Legislation Committee detected some defects in the instrument on those occasions.

The last time it was re-laid in Parliament was on March 31, this year. As of yesterday, the CI had spent 16 sitting days in the House after it was laid for the third time.

Per the CI, those who do not have either of the national identification documents can go ahead to register, on condition that they can be backed by two persons who have already registered.

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