The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the party will oppose the electoral commission’s decision to create a new voter register.
He said the NDC will do everything to prevent the EC from running political parties and Ghanaians into “dangerous and confusing situation.”
“This decision of the Electoral Commission is against the Constitution which has mandated the EC and that is why we will oppose it. This is the beginning, not the end, so don’t let anyone confuse the EC when announcing something, even if it is unconstitutional, resolving disputes. Disagreement is yet to begin,” he told Eyewitness News on Wednesday.
The Election Commission held a meeting of two IPAC sessions on Wednesday on the controversial issue of creating a new voter register and decided to start training next month.
However, Asiedu Nketia accused the EC of turning the IPAC (Inter-Party Consultative Committee) forum into a forum where stakeholders were only notified of the EC’s decisions, not a forum that allowed dialogue and consensus.
“If IPAC is changed into a forum where information is passed to us, then IPAC has lost its relevance and it is a waste of time for anyone to be a part of it. The election commission has made a decision, not IPAC, the decision was not submitted for approval,” he said.
He pointed out that the deadline announced by the EC did not apply and concealed the possibility of violating the law.
“By law, the application must be submitted in September and you need a final voter register to submit the application in September, so the schedule will not be ready until September. They put us in a very dangerous and confusing situation and are always still proud of it,” said Asiedu Nketia.