The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed shock about the decision of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to kick against the electronic transmission of results for the 2016 general elections, maintaining that it was the NPP that mooted the idea.
Addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday on a wide range of issues bordering on the impending general elections, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu-Nketsiah, condemned the NPP for its penchant to dissociate itself from decisions taken at the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings.
He said it was through IPAC established in 1994 that all the reforms to the country’s electoral system “have been agreed by consensus before steps are taken to enact them into law,” and mentioned some of the reforms as replacement of opaque ballot boxes with transparent ones, the use of biometric register with the verification device.
“It is this background that the NDC views the ambivalent positions taken by the NPP with a lot of concern,” he said, stressing that the “… posturing of the NPP has the potential of subverting Ghana’s peaceful march towards a free, fair and transparent election in December this year.”
The NDC chastised the NPP on a number of issues including the decision to move the date of election to November, deletion of names of NHIS card holders, the existence of names of foreigners on the Voters’ register and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s allegation that registration kits were smuggled from the Volta Region to Togo for foreigners to register.
Mr Asiedu-NKetsiah who was sandwiched by other top party officials of the NDC, said NPP in its proposal for electoral reforms titled “Towards Reforming Ghana’s Future Elections,” suggested for the Electoral Commission to adopt the use of satellite transmission of results to the EC Headquarters.
“The Commission may adopt the use of satellite transmission of results to the National Tallying Centre pending the receipt of pink sheets from the regions. In this regard the EC should consider procuring handheld scanners to scan and send all pink sheets to Accra before collation and receipt of hard copies,” he quoted the NPP document.
“Is it not surprising that the NPP is kicking against the E-transmission and blaming its introduction on EC without notice or involvement of political parties,” Mr Asiedu-Nkestiah queried.
On the decision to move the date of elections to November 7, the General Secretary of the NDC, said it was based on a resolution signed by all the political parties at two workshops organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs.
By Kingsley Asare and Aba Asamoah