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09 July 2016

Electoral Commission seeks to abolish no-verification, no-vote

The Electoral Commission is seeking to pass a new legislation that will make it possible for electorates to vote without being verified.

The Commission is by that same legislation seeking to indemnify its presiding officers from any form of punishment or prosecution.

The new constitutional instrument, if passed into law, will have far reaching implications on the 2016 elections which is just five months away.

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A copy of the instrument which was intercepted by Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Elton John Brobbey is already creating some drama on the floor of Parliament.

Even before the Deputy Majority Leader will lay the document before Parliament, some Members of Parliament protested, saying they had not received copies of the document.

Per Parliamentary procedures, documents are presented to Members before they are laid before the House. After brief protestations, the document was laid.

The provisions in the new Legislative Instrument seek to fundamentally change elements in the previous instrument, CI 75, used for the 2012 elections.

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