The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the United States has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of failing the test of neutrality.
It is accusing the electoral management body of using voter suppression tactics to cheat the NDC in elections.
In a statement released by the NDC USA Communication Bureau, the party said the EC, which has been packed with NPP sympathizers under its current leadership, committed "the greatest crime conceivable in a constitutional democracy" during the 2020 elections by disenfranchising over 17,000 voters in the Volta Region.
“That was a state-sponsored organized injustice against the citizens of SALL and the NDC,” the statement said.
According to the NDC USA, the EC has relied on "bogus" charges to remove officials originally appointed to the commission and replaced them with known NPP activists and sympathizers.
“The EC has since failed the test of neutrality,” the statement noted.
The party accused the EC of voter suppression tactics such as restricting voter registration and intimidation by heavy security presence in NDC strongholds leading up to the 2020 elections.
“The chief reason the EC gave was that it wanted a credible and efficient voter register (a line of argument taken out of the voter suppression playbook). But the actual outcome of that exercise was the striking out of eligible voters in NDC strongholds,” the statement said.
According to NDC USA Communication Officer Hajia Rukaya Abubakari, “The NDC and Ghanaians must resist any attempt by the ruling government, working collaboratively with the EC, to rig the upcoming 2024 elections.”
“Resisting such an attempt must be our call to duty!” she added.