-President Akufo-Addo has said that the time for Ghanaians in the diaspora to vote in elections has come
-He indicated that other African countries were doing it and Ghana could also do it
-He was speaking in Accra at the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2017
President Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians living in the diaspora about exercising their franchise in coming elections to be held in the country. He indicated that his administration was going to ensure that the Representation of the People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL) was going to be implemented under his watch.
Speaking to a teeming crowd at the Diaspora Homecoming Summit held yesterday, July 5 in Accra, the President indicated that almost all African nationals from African countries who were living abroad were allowed to exercise their franchise during elections in their home countries so he saw no reason why Ghana should be an exception.
When the law was passed, the Electoral Commission cited the lack of resources as one of its reasons for not being able to carry out the implementation of the law.
He indicated that his government was going to liaise with the Electoral Commission to ensure that all the requirements and documentation to help pass the law are put in place speedily to bring the long time bill to pass.
Some Ghanaians have sued the Electoral Commission over the non-implementation of the law but the president gave his word to engage with the EC to ensure that things are doing properly no matter the outcome of the suit.
The president also spoke about the issue of dual citizenship which was barring many Ghanaians from serving in public office. President Akufo-Addo indicated that a review was on-going in that regard to help ensure that Act 257 of the Constitution was given a second look.
The Representation of the People’s Amendment Law was passed under NPP during the Kufuor administration but its implementation was met with protests from opposition NDC. The law was therefore not implemented even though it had gained popularity and the blessing of home-based Ghanaians and Ghanaians living in the diaspora.
Chairman of the Planning Committee of the Diaspora Summit, Mr. Alex Dade indicated that the only way in which the law would be implemented is by constant dialogue between the parties involved.
He also indicated that members of the Diaspora have endorsed the “Transformational Agenda” of the current NPP administration led by Akufo-Addo
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