Majority, Minority disagree over amended law that allows EC to use provisional register for filing

The Minority and Majority in Parliament have slugged it out over claims by the Electoral Commission (EC) that parliament has through a subsidiary legislation approved for the EC to use the provisional register to accept nominations from aspirants contesting the 2020 elections.

Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah had raised concerns over the filing of nominations without a certified register.

“The laws of the Commission indicated that an old register does not become extinct until a new one is finalised and certified. We have a situation when we are called upon to file nominations where there is a big doubt as to which register will be the base document for the filing of nominations.”

But responding to these concerns raised, Dr. Bossman Asare, the Deputy Director in charge of Corporate Services said the EC some 10 days ago, submitted to parliament a C.I. which was amended to allow the commission use the provisional register to accept nominations.

This generated a heated argument between the NDC and the EC with the EC insisting that they are not doing anything untoward.

However, a Ranking Member on the Legislative Committee of Parliament Inusah Fuseini described this as untruth.

He challenged Dr. Bossman Asare to point to the specific provision that has been amended to give the EC the approval to use the provisional register to accept filing form aspirants.

He said he is not aware parliament has through a subsidiary legislation given such approval.

But the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu stated otherwise.

Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the fact that Inusah Fuseini is not aware does not mean the EC has not been given the approval.

He, however, clarified that the amendment was done some 100 days ago with the law maturing on August 13.

He explained that when p[arliament first met with the EC when they presented their budget to the committee, it was discovered that they could not meet the timeline to certify the register and give out before the filing hence they came back to parliament to have an amendment done so the provisional; register would be used.

In his view, this is not the first time a provisional register has been used to file and anyone who would slam the EC over this is being dishonest.

He said since the era of Afari Gyan, we, have done this although by, law, it is supposed to be a certified register.

”Ideally, we should certify the register before accepting nominations but, that has never happened,” he added.

”The EC explained to us and parliament agreed. It is encapsulated in the instrument. Parliament approved it. But I am just saying that this not the first time this has happened. It has always been like that.”

Meanwhile, he says the 10 days Dr. Bossman Asare referred to could have been a mistake.

”It was not 10 days ago, we did this before August 14, 2020. That instrument matured August 13 and Parliament rose on August 14, 2020.”


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