The Electoral Commission canceled its intention to register voters on Friday, July 31st, which was declared a formal public holiday to mark the Eid-Al-Adha celebration.
Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Member of Parliament for Asawase in the Ashanti region, previously consulted the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, on the latter’s decision to require registration on the day that is a big opportunity on the Muslim calendar.
Speaking on Kasapa 102.5 FM’s Anopa Kasapa, the Asawase lawmaker said the action by the EC Boss shows gross insensitivity.
“The original timetable that was released that acknowledged July 31 as a day of rest, since the EC Boss has now altered its special day for us (Muslims Christmas Day),” he told host Bonohene Baffuor Awuah.
“You ‘re not talking about others”? He asked, believing that the EC ‘s intention was primarily to disenfranchise the Muslim community, but cautioned they would not let their guard down.
Yet in a statement issued by the EC, the electoral governing body tells the public that it has returned to the original timetable for the last step of the process of registration of voters in 2020.
In view of this, the EC said that, as scheduled earlier, the last and final phase of the elector registration exercise will take place from August 1st – 6th.
“The public is hereby told that on Friday 31 July 2020 the Commission will not conduct the exercise of registration of voters. The registration process for voters will begin on Saturday August 1st through Thursday August 6th, 2020. The Commission is apologizing for any inconvenience resulting from its earlier publication.
“The Commission is taking this opportunity to wish all Muslims a Happy Eid al-Adha,” the declaration said.