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MP calls on colleagues to reject EC’s CI 126 for compilation of new register

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MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, is seeking the permission of the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Oquaye to move a motion calling on parliament to reject the Constitutional Instrument C.I. 126 which the Electoral Commission (EC) laid in the House a couple of months ago.

The CI which seeks to amend the regulations governing the registration of voters for public elections will form basis for the EC’s intended new voters registration.

The NDC has on numerous occasions opposed the EC’s decision and has vowed to go to every extent to challenge it.

Mr. Ayariga told the media that there are serious constitutional issues with the CI hence his decision to move the motion for MPs to reject it.

According to him, the decision by the EC to exclude birth certificate and the existing voters ID card and others as proof of identity form the basis of his argument.

Mr. Ayariga said he will not hesitate to change his mind if a better or superior argument is advanced.

For the motion to be successfully taken, at least two thirds of MPs must vote to support it.

The Bawku Central MP said he is not daunted by the requirement.

A member of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, Patrick Yaw Boamah, has described Mr. Ayariga’s motion as mischievous and baseless.

According to him, it all forms part of NDC’s grand agenda to discredit the EC.

Mr. Boamah believes the motion is dead on arrival since Mr. Ayariga will not be able to marshal the required numbers to carry it through.

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