EC, NIA registering minors in Ashanti Region – NDC raises red flag

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has raised red flags on minors suspected to be registering in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise as well as the registration of the Ghana in the Ashanti Region.

In a statement signed by the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Kwame Zu and released on Thursday, August 6, 2020, the party contends that the exercise is being spearheaded by the National Identification Authority (NIA), stressing that its medium is being used a conduit for the Election Commission’s registration exercise.

“The concurrent ongoing NIA mop up registration exercise and the EC’s registration exercise in the Ashanti Region has become a conduit through which the Electoral Commission is registering minors. The NIA is currently registering minors who are below 18 years old with the primary motive of making them eligible to register as voters in the upcoming 7th December 2020 general elections. This practice is unlawful and must be stopped immediately”, the statement released by the opposition party in part read.

It has however, cautioned parents and guardians to ensure that their children are not allowed to be exploited for partisan political gains that may adversely affect them in the future.

“We also call on all our Party Agents and the general public to be vigilant and challenge any minor that would avail him or herself to be used by desperate politicians for this disturbing electoral fraud”, the statement added.

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