NDC calls for investigation to referendum

Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor (second from right) Deputy General Secretary of NDC addressing the media.

Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor (second from right) Deputy General Secretary of NDC addressing the media.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for an immediate independent inquiry into what it described as “fraudulent conduct” of the just ended referendum, to restore confidence in the country’s electoral process.

Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor claimed that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa and her deputies had failed their first test with respect to the conduct of the referendum.

“Despite the overwhelming popularity of the creation of the six new regions, the referendum held for the purpose, fell far below acceptable democratic standards due to incompetence and or deliberate manipulation of the Electoral Commission.”

“This has raised enough red flags about the prospects of the 2020 polls and the incredible danger we are in as a people if remedial measures are not taken immediately,” he said.

There was a high turn up for the referenda which birthed six new regions; Oti from the Volta Region, Ahafo and Bono East from Brong Ahafo; Savannah and North East from Northern Region and Western North from Western Region.

According to Mr Otokunor the high voter turn up and videos of malpractices that emerged after the exercise, which had been questioned by election observers, required investigation to sanitise the election process.

Although the EC has tasked some investigative bodies to investigate the alleged irregularities, he said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo’s commendation of the EC over the exercise had tied the hands of the bodies to work effectively.

The Deputy General Secretary alleged the government was conniving with the EC to rig the 2020 elections, stating that the party would not allow the commission to deny Ghanaians their true choice.

He said the conduct of the EC chairperson since she was appointed had vindicated the party’s position that the EC chairperson was biased and was appointed to do the biding of the government.

On the Ghana Card, Mr Otokunor alleged that the government would instruct the EC to compile a new register based on the GhanaCard which excluded voter ID cards as means of identification.

He said the party would not accept such a register which would deny its members of their right to vote and favour those of the New Patriotic Party members who were being supported to get the requirement for the Ghana card.

He said the party would soon issue directives on the issue to its members soon.

As far as the NDC was concerned, Mr Otokunor said every Ghanaian living everywhere should be allowed to vote in national elections in the implementation of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA).

He said the government perceived it as an opportunity to let only persons in places where NPP members dominated, to vote in order to swing the elections in its favour.

He cautioned the Chairperson of EC and her deputies to be fair and non-partisan else the NDC would call for their resignation.

By Jonathan Donkor

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