The National Zongo Caucus, a wing of the opposition NDC has expressed its resentment against the decision of the Electoral Commission to begin the final phase of voter registration on Friday 31st July, 2020 which falls on the day of Eid-ul Adha commemoration.
A statement signed by the National Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Mamah-Cole Younger said the decision by the EC reprehensible and disrespect towards Muslims and their rituals.
According to him, the decision by the EC was deliberate indicating that the day was declared a statutory holiday for the Eid-ul Adha celebration.
“The Electoral Commission, acting in fairness to the laws of this country should have recognised that, the occasion of Eid-ul Adha is supposed to be a statutory public holiday and therefore any such state organised exercise would be running contrary to the constitution of Ghana,” Alhaji Mamah-Cole Younger stated.
He continued “Besides, the legal obligation imposed on the commission to observe the day as a holiday, it is morally prudent for the exercise to be put on hold for the purposes of according respect to the Muslim Community in Ghana and the world as a whole.”
He therefore called on the EC to put the exercise on hold to allow for the celebration of the smooth observation of the Religious obligation.
“We finally wish to call on the Electoral Commission to, in obeisance to the law put a hold on the exercise for the smooth observation of the Religious obligation by all Muslims. We further wish to call on all well meaning Muslims to join us in resisting this deliberate and reprehensible act of subversion of the rights of Muslims in Ghana,” Alhaji Mamah-Cole Younger added.