A Private legal practitioner says the Electoral Commission has no power to prevent Ghanaians without nose masks from exercising their voting rights.
In clear terms, Samson Lardy Anyenini said the right to vote is a constitutional right that must be respected at all times.
“It’s not our views or opinions about who can vote and what can happen to them if they try to vote, but it is what the Constitution, which guides all of us, including the Electoral Commission are bound to.
The Constitutional provision in Article 42 is that once you’re a Ghanaian of 18 years or above, and of sound mind, you have the right to vote and to be registered as a voter for the purposes of voting,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.
Mr Lardy Anyenini was reacting to reports that some persons taking part in the Tuesday Special Voting had been denied the opportunity because they were not wearing nose masks.
The lawyer has asked the Electoral Commission to provide nose masks to voters who do not have one.
“What it means, therefore, is that while you have the constitutional right to vote, and you have been so registered to vote, with your name in the voters’ register, you must still comply with the subsidiary law on how to go about voting,” he added.