KPEBU CAN RELAX : REGISTERING TO VOTE IS NOT COMPULSORY
For some grotesque reasons, some people seem to believe that their views are so superior that whatever they propound should be consumed by all and sundry no matter how exiguous that opinion may be.
Lawyer Martin Kpebu has not hidden his opposition to the planned compilation of a new voter’s register and has joined forces with some groups in this direction.
Martin Kpebu has said that as a people, we cannot risk our lives for political power, and has, therefore, urged the Electoral Commission to manage with the old register.
Judging from his expressed position, he is not in favour of Ghanaians queuing to register for the new voters’ roll for the 2020 elections. The COVID-19 pandemic is plaguing the world and Ghana is no exception. It makes it dangerous to ignore social distancing protocols in the interest of a mass registration exercise.
It is against this background that Martin Kpebu is asking the EC to stick to the old register.
What the lawyer seems to have forgotten is the fact that all those who have turned 18 and those who, for some reasons, do not have their names in our register, would have to be registered.
How would they be registered without forming queues? Wouldn’t that lead to a further spread of the coronavirus pandemic as he fears it would? Kpebu is not sounding convincing with this incessant calls on the EC to stop the compilation of a new register.
In any case, who told him it is compulsory to register or vote in Ghana? If he doesn’t fancy voting, he might as well not consider registering. Kpebu should come again!
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.