The President of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy (TESCON) of the NPP Valley View University branch, Seth Nana Agyei has charged the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop behaving like “Kindergarten kids” in Ghana’s politics.
He urged the opposition NDC to “shut up” if they could not reason enough to know or understand that the final-year students at the Senior High Schools who had attained age 18 and above were eligible voters and reserved the constitutional rights to be registered in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise by the Electoral Commission (EC).
Speaking to a section of the media in Kumasi, the TESCON President said that the Electoral Commission did not err in setting up emergency centres for the SHS students to be registered. The SHS students are camped in school to prepare for their final examinations amid COVID-19 pandemic, and thus have little or no chance to register outside their campuses.
As a result, the EC announced at the end of an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held on Thursday, 9 July 2020 that it will start registering the final-year students on Friday, 10 July 2020, on the various campus.
The commission further indicated that students who participate in the exercise will be allowed to move their votes to their preferred location later in the year if they happen to reside in areas far away from the schools where registration is to take place.
However, the opposition NDC has since sued the Electoral Commission at an Accra High Court to stop the registration of voters in Senior High Schools.
The party is describing it is illegal and wrongful for registration to take place at any place that was not contained in a Gazette and notification in accordance with C.I 91. They want the court to rule that any such registration is null and void and of no legal effect.
The NDC is asking that an order be given to excluding names of students who will be registered at “those illegal centres” from the electoral roll come December 2020.
They also want the Court to restrain EC from carrying out the registration exercise.
Meanwhile, Nana Agyei said that the NDC’s decision to go to the Court is irrelevant, shameful and only meant to befuddle the work of the EC and to also disenfranchise hundreds of SHS students come December 2020.
He encouraged the students to register in their numbers and vote massively for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP in the upcoming general elections.