Alex Segbefia - Former Health Minister
A former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia, has questioned the whereabouts of detailed safety protocols for the Electoral Commission (EC) and National Identification Authority’s (NIA) as being made for religious gatherings.
Churches and Mosques have been hit with almost 30 conditions each ahead of the June 5 deadline where they would be allowed to worship. As a result, Dr. Segbefia has been compelled to suggest that the government is not paying attention to the EC and NIA.
“The government has taken copious detail on what should happen in churches and schools but have given absolutely no guidelines for the Electoral Commission or for the National Identification Authority,” he said in an interview.
In response, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has insisted that the EC and NIA will certainly apply general preventive etiquettes in their activities.
“I don’t see how you are going to have the Electoral Commission gather more than a 100 people at a place at a point in time. It cannot happen under these guidelines.”
Mr. Nkrumah further argued that the government could not dictate details to the EC and NIA since they are independent bodies in the country.
“Remember, ideally, they are supposed to be independent organisations and if you read the constitution, in the performance of their tasks, you cant even be dictating too much to them. They themselves are required to come up with the details in the light of their independence that would ensure that they don’t put people’s lives at risk,” he added.
The EC after President Akufo-Addo eased restrictions plans to begin the voter registration later in June 2020 whilst the NIA plans to resume the Ghana Card registration before the voter registration begins. The reason is based on the fact that the Ghana Card and passport are the only valid forms of identification for registering onto the electoral roll ahead of the 2020 general elections.