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General News | Jun 7, 2004

More On NPP's Rigging Machinery - Activist Reveals All

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he Lens can today reveal that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) used its so-called 'Fully Trained Vigilant New Patriotic Party Agents' to indulge in multiple registration during the recent registration exercise

Evidence available to points to the fact that the NPP's so-called 'Fully Trained Vigilant New Patriotic Party Agents' is nothing but a collection of individuals trained to indulge in all manner of electoral fraud.

One of the so-called 'Fully Trained Vigilant New Patriotic Party Agents', Owusu Achimpim, also known as Kwadwo O. Achempem, indulged in multiple registration during the recent registration exercise, and felt bold enough to go around bragging about his exploits.

Achimpim registered on 16th March 2004 at registration centre No. 20125049 (HI) with the name Owusu Achimpim. On 17th March 2004 he again registered at registration centre No. 18096323 (II) with the same name. That same 17th March 2004 Achempim registered again at registration centre No. 18096211 (DG) with the name Kwabena Nyanor.

Speaking to a Lens undercover investigator, Owusu bragged that he and other members of the so-called 'Fully Trained Vigilant New Patriotic Party Agents' were trained "in the art of multiple registration" by party officials to indulge in multiple registration and multiple voting.

He revealed that the NPP awarded him, as well as other members of the so-called 'Fully Trained Vigilant New Patriotic Party Agents' "certificates of honour" signed by Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and Odoi Sykes, for their roles in ensuring victory for the NPP, including multiple voting.

Achimpim revealed to our investigator that during the 2000 elections he voted countless number of times using different photo voter identity cards bearing his picture. And to prove his point, Achimpim showed our investigator two different photo voter identification cards bearing his names and pictures but with different polling centre code numbers and different ages.

"Look, the NPP is not like the NDC. As for the NDC they don't know how to hide their true colours, but the NPP, we know when to pretend that we don't like something when all along that is what we like. People don't know, most of the things that we were accusing the NDC of, we were doing them on a larger scale. You see, our loud protestations were only meant to divert attention from us to the NDC so that we would have a free hand in manipulating the process, and we succeeded. The NDC has no idea how we rigged the 2000 elections to enable us win. Let me tell you, we will win again through those same means," Achimpim revealed in vernacular.

According to him, "The Certificate of Honour given to us is our key to government contracts and other goodies, some of my friends even used theirs to get Ministers and other government functionaries to help them acquire Visas to travel outside the country."

Dispassionate observers of the Ghanaian political scene are not at all surprised at the revelations of Owusu Achimpim. To most observers, the NPP has always been a party that has presented a democratic façade to the populace, while it is actually shamelessly manipulating every inch of the process behind the scenes in the most undemocratic manner.

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