The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has register agreement with the Electoral Commission (EC) in its decision to register eligible students who are 18 and years above in various Senior high Schools across the country.
The Electoral Commission yesterday July 18 announced to conduct a mop-up exercise in Senior High Schools (SHS) without registration centre to register eligible students who could not partake in the 2-day registration exercise.
The National President of NUGS, Isaac Jay Hyde commenting on the ongoing registration exercise said “the Constitution of the Republic stipulates that every Ghanaian of age (i.e. 18 years and above) and of sound mind, has the right to participate in electing who becomes the leader both in the parliamentary and presidential elections organised in the country”.
“It is, therefore, unconstitutional for the EC of Ghana or any person or any group of persons to intentionally or unintentionally take steps or engage in any activity that will disenfranchise any student from voting in this year’s general election,” he added.
According to the Students Union “The Youth of this country will not sit aloof for our future to be toyed with by politicians. We need to be allowed to play a critical role in the decision making of our country.”
The Union said it would have sought legal redress should the Electoral Commission (EC) willingly or unwillingly attempted to disenfranchise students from the exercise.