The People's National Convention (PNC) has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana of purchasing inferior kits for the biometric registration exercise.
That, it said, accounted for the numerous reports from all over the country about the break down and freezing of some of the machines used for the registration exercise.
“The PNC is disappointed at the ongoing biometric registration exercise. The feedback we are receiving clearly indicates that the EC has misused and misapplied the taxpayer’s money given to it in purchasing inferior machines,” the statement said.
The National Organiser of the PNC, Mr Emmanuel Wilson, who was addressing delegates of the party during the Wa Central Constituency conference of the PNC at Wa in the Upper West Region, however indicated that “The PNC would not sit down for the EC to disenfranchise potential eligible voters.”
He, therefore, urged all qualified voters, especially members of the PNC, not to be discouraged by the hitches and malfunctioning of the biometric registration machines but to go out in their numbers and register.
Mr Wilson said the PNC was poised to win the Wa and Bawku Central Constituency parliamentary seats to stop the divide-and-rule tactics and segregation that had characterised the Wa Central constituency over the years.
The constituency conference was held to endorse the Wa Central parliamentary candidate of the PNC, Mr Benard Mornah, who was elected unopposed.
In all 211 of the 215 delegates unanimously endorsed Mr Mornah’s candidature and he was later declared as the winner by the electoral officer, Mr Ali Osman Adamu.
A former Flagbearer of the PNC, Dr Edward Mahama, warned the party against any complacency, adding that “The PNC had four seats in the last parliament. Now we have two seats and if we go to zero it means the PNC is dead.”
He said Dr Hilla Limann would be disappointed in his grave if they allow the PNC to die.
“From the year 2005 till 2012, the PNC was dragged to court, even at the time of the congress, because some people wanted to kill the party,” he noted and called on the delegates and all well-meaning Ghanaians to vote for the PNC and Mr Benard Mornah, come December 7, 2012.
The PNC parliamentary candidate for the Wa Central Constituency, Mr Benard Mornah, in his acceptance speech, thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him and said this was the time for politicians in the constituency to engage in development politics as against the usual ethnic, religious and land politics.
He further appealed to other politicians to concentrate on politics of development rather than politics of trivialities, and indicated that those who practised that kind of politics lacked ideas.
Mr Mornah reiterated his resolve to win the Wa Central seat and urged the people to support him in the December 2012 polls.