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The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress
(NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says the party will challenge the Electoral
Commission’s (EC) decision to compile a new voters’ register.

He said the NDC will do all it can to prevent the EC from leading
political parties and Ghanaians into a “dangerous and confusing
situation.”

“That decision [by the EC] goes against the Constitution that
actually established the Electoral Commission and so we are going to
contest that one. This is the beginning, it is not the end at all, so
don’t let anybody be confused that when EC comes out to announce
anything, even if it is unconstitutional, that settles the disagreement.
The disagreement is just about to begin,” he said on Eyewitness News on Wednesday.

The Electoral Commission on Wednesday held a two-session IPAC meeting on
the controversial issue of the compilation of a new voters’ register
and a decision was taken that the exercise will commence next month.

But Asiedu Nketia accused the EC of turning the forum of the
Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) into one where it only informs
election stakeholders of its decision rather than a forum that allows
for dialogue and consensus.

“If IPAC has been changed into a forum where information is just
released to us, then IPAC has lost its meaning and it will be a waste of
time for anyone to be part of it…The Electoral Commission has taken a
decision, not IPAC…The decision was not presented for endorsement,” he
said.

He indicated that the timelines announced by the EC are unworkable and lies in potential breach of the law.

“Filing of nominations according to the law should be happening in
September and you need final voters’ register to be able to file
nominations by September. So according to the timetable, the register
will not be ready by September so they are walking us into a very
dangerous and confusing situation and they are still proud about it,”
Asiedu Nketia stressed.

We’re fighting  for Ghanaians

He said the NDC’s position must not be viewed as a party fighting for its own interest but for the benefit of all Ghanaians.

Source  : citinewsroom

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