The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has tas-ked the security agencies to arrest the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, for engaging in falsification of public records.
The NDC said the opposition party “engaged in deliberate fabrication, distortion of public records, deceit of public officials in a desperate attempt to create make-believe stories to undermine our constitutional democracy” in respect to its claims that the country’s electoral roll lacked the credibility it needed as the base document for this year’s elections.
At a press conference in Accra yesterday, General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said falsifying public documentsfor personal parochial interests was criminal and threatened the country’s democracy.
“We urge the security agencies to invite Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia for questioning on the basis that he engaged in falsification and fabrication of public records to deceive public officials,” he stated adding that the party’s position was informed by the declaration of the Electoral Commission (EC) that the petition presented to it by the NPP for a new register was fabricated.
According to Mr. Nketia, the NPP’s penchant for presenting false document was manifested at the landmark election petition hearing in 2013 when the party “tended in falsified evidence and engaged in willful deception” to force their interest on the electorate after they had lost the elections.
He said since the EC communicated its verdict on whether or not a new register was needed for the general elections, leading figures within the NPP have already begun preaching violence and are threatening fire and brimstone, come the elections raising the political tension in the country.
“This behaviour is in keeping with their perennial scaremonger ing tactic which evolves the raising of the political temperature unnecessarily with a view to compelling Ghanaians to vote for them in exchange for peace,” he stressed.
The NDC General-Secretary challenged the opposition party to “put an end to the politics of violence and respect the rights of eligible Ghanaians to freely choose their leaders rather than approach elections with a sense of entitlement”.
He reiterated the NDC’s readiness to assist the EC in contributing its quota towards ensuring greater integrity in the electoral process and called on the NPP, other political parties and civil society organisations to offer their expertise in cleansing the register to satisfy the desire of all stakeholders in the pending elections.
The debate about the credibility of the voters register may continue, though the EC had ruled out any possibility of compiling a new one for the general elections.
The NDC and the NPP, in a characteristic manner, are sharply divided over whether or not a new register was needed for the polls or not.
While the NDC admits that there were genuine challenges with the register which could be addressed by activating existing correctional measures accepted by all political parties to cleanse the roll, the NPP believes the register is “incurably flawed” for the polls.
In order to galvanise public opinion and suggestions on what was needed to cleanse the voters’ register, the EC put together a five- member committee, chaired by a former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles Crabbe, to solicit suggestions and investigate claims that the register was flawed and unfit for the polls.
The committee’s report, the EC said, would be made public today for the citizenry to know what the eminent committee had suggested.
By Julius Yao Petetsi