NDC Calls Off NPP’s Buff

Aseidu Nketia (3)The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called off the buff of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) assertion that the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) should be consulted in the appointment of the next Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC).

The party also urged its supporters and the general public to ignore calls by some leading members of the NPP for the EC boss, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, to resign.

This was contained in a statement issued in Accra by the NDC, yesterday and signed its General Secretary Johnson Aseidu Nketia.

‘We are constrained to intervene in the ongoing discussion within certain quarters about the future of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and electoral reforms after the verdict of the Supreme Court in the election petition case’, the statement noted.

The statement, however, noted that following the verdict, the NPP and its many surrogates have continued with their campaign of lies and vilification against the Electoral Commission and its Chairman, Dr Afari Gyan.

‘They have sought to use this campaign to deflect justifiable criticisms from their supporters over the massive deception they engaged in which has been exposed by the outcome of the election petition case. They have in the process made many untenable demands of the Electoral Commission,’ it added.

‘These calls are utterly risible and must be dismissed as they have no foundation in the 1992 Constitution which grants the Electoral Commission Independence and absolute protection from interference. We urge the Electoral Commission and indeed the general public to disregard these calls because they are motivated by sour grapes from faring badly in the elections of 2012 and the frivolous petition they filed at the Supreme Court’.

According to the statement, ‘Dr Afari Gyan is an honourable statesman whose excellent academic and professional credentials are beyond reproach. His over two decades of dedicated service to mother Ghana as Chairman of the EC calls for gratitude and laudation and not the crude, appalling insults being hurled at him by the NPP and its agents’.

On the issue of electoral reforms, the statement noted attempts by former President Kufuor to stampede the EC into ceding its powers to unauthorized bodies, when stating that reforms of our electoral system should not be led by the Commission.

‘Rather than join this unwholesome chorus, we urge President Kufour to call to order persons within the NPP who have made Dr Afari Gyan the butt of insults and abuse.’

It added, ‘we have also taken note of further unconstitutional moves by the NPP to force out Dr. Afari-Gyan and compel President Mahama to appoint a successor of their choosing. This latest effort is captured in a letter written to the Council of State urging them to consult parties in their advice to the President on who he appoints as Dr Afari Gyan’s successor’.

It said the Constitution explicitly vested the power to appoint Electoral Commissioners in the President, in consultation with the Council of State and that nowhere in the Constitution has there been room made for consultations and deliberations with political parties on the matter.

‘We in the NDC wish to serve notice that we will neither allow nor permit a rollback of all the gains made since the return to constitutional rule through violations designed to placate disgruntled losers in an election. It is important for all political parties to respect the provisions of the constitution which embodies the spirit and aspirations of the people of this country’.

The statement noted that while the NDC agreed in principle that electoral reforms ought to be considered when it became necessary to do so, ‘we are unable to subscribe to any self-serving prescriptions which will create more problems and undermine the sanctity of the 1992 constitution’.

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