Former Member of Parliament, Inusah Fuseini, has expressed support for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s request to alternate the election date of December 7, 2024. He highlighted that the church’s plea is grounded in Article 21(c) of the constitution, emphasizing the right to freedom of worship and non secular practice.
In an interview on joy FM’s pinnacle tale on Tuesday, January 16, Fuseini defined that the seventh-day Adventist Church believes taking part in balloting on Saturday, their Sabbath, might be impractical. To cope with this, they may be advocating for a shift to a Tuesday, mentioning the want for inclusivity and broader participation in the electoral procedure. However, he recounted that one of these change would necessitate a constitutional modification, and the government’s willingness to undertake this remains unsure.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has offered its case, arguing that the traditional December 7 election date poses a warfare with their Sabbath, a sacred day dedicated to worship. The church proposes both the primary or second Tuesday as a extra appropriate alternative to uphold inclusive democracy.
Similarly to petitioning the Electoral commission, the church has despatched every other request to the legal professional popular, looking for an amendment to constitutional provisions limiting the timing of parliamentary and presidential elections in Ghana.
In assist of the church’s initiative, Inusah Fuseini emphasized the importance of thinking about their concerns, mainly if the authorities aims to contain the church in the countrys presidential choice process.
Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, a member of Parliament’s Christian Fellowship, disclosed that Parliament is looking forward to the Attorney General’s advice on the problem. Despite the fact that the December 7 date is traditionally fixed, he counseled that the petition from the Seventh-day Adventist Church have to receive cautious consideration because of the huge membership it represents.
Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu, proposed an alternative solution—carrying out early vote casting for the church, similar to the practice for safety agencies. He recounted the potential financial burden at the state however counseled that it could alleviate concerns while making sure the church’s participation with out adversely affecting competition events.
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