Ranking Member on the Committee of Subsidiary Legislation and MP for the Asuogyaman constituency, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, has warned that anyone who breaks electoral laws will not be spared.
Parliament has passed a new electoral law, the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2016, also known as Constitutional Instrument 91 (CI 91).
With the coming into force of the CI, a law is thereby enacted for the registration of voters to address some of the anomalies that occurred during the registration for the 2012 general election and revokes the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2012 (CI 72).
The law also paves way for the EC to carry out its voter registration exercise which is scheduled for April. Speaking to Citi News, Osei Ameyaw said that anyone who falls foul of the electoral laws will not be spared. “Breaking our rules require certain state penalty which we are not prepared to play with once you fall foul to the rule, which is a two year imprisonment and, or a fine of Ghc35,000,” he said.
He also stated that “This one paves way for registration to begin. As to whether it is a new registration or limited registration and dragging in the old register for challenges and objections during exhibitioin through this limited registration is something we are yet to see.”