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05.11.2008 Elections

Political Parties In UE Satisfied With EC's Arrangements

By GNA - newtimesonline.com

Major political parties in the Upper East Region have expressed satisfaction with the work  being done by the Electoral Commission (EC) as the country prepares for the general election on December 7.

Executive members of the four dominant political parties in the region gave the E.C. thumbs-up when the Ghana News Agency interacted with them at Bolgatanga to ascertain their views on the performance of the EC, and to know how they assessed the electioneering atmosphere in the region.

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention People's Party (CPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the People's National Convention (PNC), all agreed that the EC had so far performed satisfactorily in its preparations towards ensuring a successful election.

However, representatives of the NDC  observed that in spite of the credible performance exhibited by the EC, there were still hitches that the Commission could correct before December 7.

The Bolgatanga constituency chairman of the NDC, Epsona Ayamga and his secretary, Roland Ayoo, expressed concern about a possible selection of electoral officers from particular political parties to the detriment of the other parties, and urged the EC to appreciate such concerns and address them accordingly to avoid suspicion.

They called on the EC to be firm and fair in dealing with all political parties and warned that the NDC would not spare any hired personnel from the commission whose actions or inactions would suggest that they had been bought in to derail the election process.

The regional chairman of the NPP, Mr. Ahmed Tahiru Issaku, said Inter-party Dialogue Committee meetings in the region had contributed immensely towards appreciating the work of the EC because the parties now had the opportunity to express concerns where necessary, and this situation had enabled them to seek explanations on certain issues from the EC which had contributed greatly to the parties' understanding of the work of the EC.

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