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08.02.2006 General News

ROPAB: Ghanaians in UK Being Registered?

By PeaceFM
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High Commissioner In U.K Denies Statement Ghana's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Isaac Osei has denied statements made by the Minority Leader in Parliament to the effect that the Commission has begun the registration of Ghanaian nationals there to grant them voting rights.

Mr. Bagbin had alleged on PeaceFM's 'Parliament On Radio” a weekly current affairs programme which was broadcast last night that the Commission is circulating forms for Ghanaians to fill to enable them participate in general elections, although the Representation of the People's Amendment Bill (ROPAB) has not yet been passed into law.

In his reaction to Mr. Bagbin's statement, the High Commissioner to U.K. Mr. Osei quoted the first page of a passport issued by the Republic of Ghana which urges every Ghanaian national to register with the High Commission or Embassy in the country they are visiting, for emergency purposes.

He said the procedure is a normal thing that has been practiced for a long time, before he even assumed office. According to him, the only thing that has happened is the Commission's decision to get closer to Ghanaian nationals in the UK to register, instead of the previous case where they were given the will to come and register at the High Commission at their own time.This decision he noted has resulted in the increase of registered nationals in the U.K from 145 to over 500 recently.