Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has issued a warning against the inclusion of minors on the voter register, asserting that such a practice poses a threat to the democratic process and must be vehemently discouraged.
In a press conference held today after conducting a comprehensive tour of voter registration centers in the nation’s capital, Accra, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the gravity of allowing minors to participate in the electoral system. He categorically labeled this conduct as both unlawful and perilous for the future prospects of young citizens.
The Vice President, in no uncertain terms, conveyed his concerns regarding the registration of minors and asserted that it represents a clear violation of the principles of democracy that Ghana upholds. Such actions, he contended, compromise the integrity of the voter register, potentially leading to electoral irregularities and undermining the democratic foundation upon which the nation is built.
“It’s not only criminal to do so but you are endangering the future of these minors when you register them at this stage. They will enter into our record books. At a particular age, when they come to retirement, they will be retired at a very early age, and you will have destroyed their future for them. I think that parents should be cognizant of this problem,” he stated.
Dr. Bawumia suspended his campaign on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
A statement issued by Gideon Boako, the Spokesperson for Dr. Bawumia, said the Vice President will use the campaign break to visit selected registration centres in the country.
He will also use the visit to encourage all party faithful to focus on mobilizing eligible persons to register for their voter’s ID cards and entreat all party members to be circumspect and work hard to achieve each constituency’s registration target.