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07.03.2008 Politics

EC’s Explanation Not Convincing — Mornah

By Daily Graphic
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The General Secretary of the People's National Convention (PNC), Mr Benard Mornah, has said he is not convinced about the explanation given by the EC on the issue of the bloated voters register in the Ashanti Region.

He said the argument by the EC regarding the bloated register in the Ashanti Region was not convincing enough.

According to Mr Mornah, the EC had confirmed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had requested for the copy of the voters register and was duly forwarded on a CD-rom to the party.

However, he said he could not fathom the EC's explanation that the content of the CD -rom was not what was being paraded by the NDC.

He said the “piece of paper” presented to us for scrutiny at the meeting could not be authentic, stressing that “this could be dangerous to our democracy”.

Mr Mornah also questioned the decision by the EC to open only 5,000 polling stations throughout the country for the checking of voters register and the ID instead of all the 21,000 polling stations in the country.

He said although he appreciated the financial constraints on the EC, it would have been prudent for them to request financial support from the government.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mr Bede Zieden, described the IPAC meeting as fruitful , since the EC had cleared the air on the issue of the bloated register in the Ashanti Region.

He said figures produced by the EC contradicted the claims that the voters register in the Ashanti Region was bloated.

Mr Zieden said the meeting was held in a participatory fashion where all the representatives of the various political parties had the opportunity to express their views on national issues.

However, he said, some of the representatives had been given more time than others.

Mr Zieden expressed satisfaction that the EC had resolved to organise regular IPAC meetings to discuss its activities towards this year's elections.

Story by Musah Jafaru

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