Ghana Politics

Voter registration: Ellembelle DCE’s ID card withheld

The District Chief Executive of Ellembelle Assembly could face sanctions after his eligibility was challenged in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

Kwasi Bonzoh’s voter ID card was immediately withheld by Electoral Commission (EC) officials Saturday after a resident challenged his registration at the Awiebo Junction D/A Primary School registration center.

Bonzoh is also the ruling NPP’s parliamentary candidate for Ellembelle. He told CNR it is just clear that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is afraid of his candidature.

“It’s ridiculous that this early morning I received a text message that the NDC was planning to challenge my registration today. I took it with a pinch of salt, only for me to go there today and an NDC agent shows up saying that he does not know me in the area so he is going to challenge me.”

“Initially, I thought it was a joke, but low and behold he actually challenged my registration to the extent that after my registration my card was not released to me. I find it very ridiculous because this is a town that I hail from, my father’s hometown. My father is alive and he is not even dead for anybody to say that they even remember my father.”

“For me, it tells me one thing that the NDC is so scared of my candidature this year and that they wish they would not find my face on the ballot paper. That’s why they are using all these crude means to try to disenfranchise me but I am not worried because the laws of this country are with. The law says that you either hail from there or reside in that area. In my case, I hail from Awiebo.”

The Registration Officer for the Awiebo Junction D/A Primary School registration center says he will have to wait till the review for his card.

“We just received one challenge. Someone has challenged the DCE of Ellembele that he is not a resident of this area. So we have processed the challenge and we cannot give him his card unless they meet at the court [review] and if the challenger is not able to prove or if the DCE is able to prove that he is a resident here, the card would be given to him.”

Solomon Isaac, who challenged the New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate, justified his reasons for the challenge.

“We heard that the DCE was coming to register here and I don’t know that the DCE is from this place. For the past years of staying here, I have never seen him here or voting here. So how come he is now coming to register here.”

Bonzoh would be contesting the incumbent MP for Ellembele, Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah for the third consecutive time come December 7, 2020.



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