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03.06.2020 Politics

We've Not Backtracked; We're Still Opposed To Intransigent, Headstrong Jean Mensa-led EC New Voter Register – Sammy Gyamfi

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
We've Not Backtracked; We're Still Opposed To Intransigent, Headstrong Jean Mensa-led EC New Voter Register – Sammy Gyamfi
LISTEN JUN 3, 2020

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has emphasized that it still opposes the compilation of a new voter register by the Electoral Commission (EC) contrary to ongoing reports of alleged participation of some of its regional members in the nationwide pilot.

The main opposition party in the last few months have made their stance on the compilation of a new vote register very clear. They have time and again stressed that millions of Ghanaians stand to be disenfranchised and hence should be aborted.

Despite its position, some members of the NDC have been alleged to have participated in the pilot exercise of the registration conducted by the EC in various parts of the country.

This development has given many the course to believe that the opposition party has succumbed to the registration.

Reacting the reports, the NDC has reiterated that it has not changed its position and has not backtracked on its position on the compilation of a new voters’ register by the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our participation in the just-ended “pilot” voter registration exercise, which appears to be fueling this wrong and in some cases mischievous impression, was to monitor the process for purposes of our preparation towards a limited voter registration exercise, a position we have canvassed publicly”, a press statement signed by Sammy Gyamfi who is the National Communication Officer of the NDC has explained.

The party says their observation of the EC’s pilot registration process has revealed serious issues that reinforce their position that the new voter registration agenda of the EC is needless, wasteful, and can erode the democratic gains the country has made since the inception of the fourth Republic if not stopped.

“We wish to state unequivocally, that our position against the compilation of a new voters’ register has not changed. We maintain that the existing voters’ register, which has successfully delivered five (5) national elections with legitimate outcomes is credible and fit for purpose”, a portion of the statement noted.

Read the full statement from the NDC below:

Press Release

3rd June, 2020

NDC’s POSITION ON THE COMPILATION OF A NEW VOTERS’ REGISTER REMAINS UNCHANGED.

The attention of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been drawn to some misleading suggestions in both mainstream media and social media space to the effect that the party has backtracked on our position on the compilation of a new voters’ register by the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission.

For the avoidance of doubt, our participation in the just-ended “pilot” voter registration exercise, which appears to be fueling this wrong and in some cases mischievous impression, was to monitor the process for purposes of our preparation towards a limited voter registration exercise, a position we have canvassed publicly.

Our observation of the EC’s so-called pilot registration process, has revealed serious issues which reinforce our position that, the new voter registration agenda of the Jean Mensah-led EC is needless, wasteful and can erode the democratic gains we have made since the inception of the fourth Republic if not stopped.

We wish to state unequivocally, that our position against the compilation of a new voters’ register has not changed. We maintain that the existing voters’ register, which has successfully delivered five (5) national elections with legitimate outcomes is credible and fit for purpose.

We still hold the position, that the entrenched decision by the intransigent and headstrong Jean Mensah-led EC to foist a new voters’ register on the country, is not only unreasonable and financially imprudent, but a ploy to rig the 2020 general election for President Akufo-Addo and the ruling New Patriotic Party, through voter suppression in NDC strongholds.

The agenda of the Jean Mensah-led Electoral commission to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters, has the tendency to jeopardize the peace and democracy of this country. Hence, we shall continue to employ every legitimate means to stop this evil agenda as we have already intimated publicly.

The party shall, in the coming days make public its comprehensive assessment of the Electoral Commission’s so-called pilot registration exercise which has turned out to be a total fiasco.

Signed

Comrade Sammy Gyamfi Esq.

National Communication Officer

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