As the democratic process unfolds, the significance of fair and transparent voter registration cannot be overstated. In recent times, however, concerns have emerged regarding the integrity of voter registration exercises, with allegations of political parties exploiting loopholes to register minors. This practice not only undermines the sanctity of the electoral process but also perpetuates ignorance and division among citizens.

The Educate Africa Institute (EAI), a prominent educational think tank, has stepped forward to address these concerns, urging the Electoral Commission (EC) to remain vigilant in its efforts to ensure a fair and inclusive voter registration process. EAI emphasizes that engaging in confrontations or conflicts over voter registration issues reflects a profound lack of understanding and education among citizens.

At the heart of this issue lies the question: why do political parties seek to register minors, and why do these minors allow themselves to be used in such a manner? The answer is multifaceted, rooted in a combination of political opportunism, societal pressures, and a lack of civic education.

Political parties may attempt to register minors to inflate their voter base, thereby gaining a perceived advantage in elections. This shortsighted strategy, however, disregards the fundamental principles of democracy and erodes public trust in the electoral process. Moreover, it exploits the vulnerabilities of young individuals who may be easily influenced or coerced into participating in activities they do not fully comprehend.

On the other hand, minors who allow themselves to be registered often do so out of a sense of loyalty to a particular party, familial expectations, or simply a lack of awareness regarding the legal and ethical implications of their actions. In many cases, these individuals may not fully grasp the significance of their participation in the electoral process, nor the consequences of fraudulent registration practices.

To address these issues, a concerted effort is required from multiple stakeholders. Political parties must prioritize integrity over expediency, committing to ethical conduct and refraining from any form of voter manipulation. Moreover, they should invest in comprehensive civic education programs aimed at empowering citizens, particularly young people, with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate meaningfully in the democratic process.

Simultaneously, educational institutions, civil society organizations, and government agencies must collaborate to enhance civic education initiatives, equipping citizens with the critical thinking abilities and civic responsibility needed to safeguard the integrity of elections. By fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, and respect for democratic principles, we can collectively combat ignorance and division, strengthening the foundations of our democracy.

Finally, the issue of minors being registered by political parties underscores the importance of education, integrity, and civic engagement in the electoral process. It is incumbent upon all stakeholders to uphold these principles and work together to ensure that every eligible citizen can exercise their right to vote freely and fairly. Only through collective action and a commitment to democratic values can we build a more inclusive and resilient society for future generations.

We’re one people.
Ghana first.


William Boadi
Executive Director of EAI, Educationist, Political analyst, and Social worker.